Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

December 17, 2015

  • Recognize and address biases, assumptions and stereotypes about victims;
  • Treat all victims with respect and employ interviewing tactics that encourage a victim to participate and provide facts about the incident;
  • Investigate sexual assault or domestic violence complaints thoroughly and effectively;
  • Appropriately classify reports of sexual assault or domestic violence;
  • Refer victims to appropriate services;
  • Properly identify the assailant in domestic violence incidents;
  • Hold officers who commit sexual assault or domestic violence accountable; and
  • Maintain, review, and act upon data regarding sexual assault and domestic violence.
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