A crime victim’s first contact with the criminal justice system is predictive of whether they experience re-victimization or empowerment; whether they continue to access justice or choose to disengage. Law enforcement professionals are often the first point of contact for victims. NCVLI is working with law enforcement agencies across the country to create and enhance trauma-informed practices grounded in victims’ rights through in-person and technology assisted trainings and technical assistance.
A key partner in this work is the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). NCVLI has worked with IACP on two initiatives:
Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence, a national demonstration site initiative, in which six law enforcement agencies have been receiving intensive technical assitsance to improve response to investigations of sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence, and stalking; and
Law Enforcement-Based Victim Services (LEV), a project seeking to establish or enhance victim services programs in criminal justice agencies in order to couple law enforcement-based services with community-based program partnerships to serve the broader needs and rights of all crime victims.
Read more about NCVLI’s partnership with the IACP here. Learn more about training opportunities for law enforcement and key resources to inform better practices in our Education and Training and Resources pages.