Department of Justice Releases Report on Gender Bias in Police Response
March 24 2016
In August 2015, the COPS Office and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) held a roundtable discussion, at which CRT and OVW also participated, to review and discuss a draft of the guidance with law enforcement executives and officers, victim advocates, academia, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders. On March 23, 2016, the DOJ released a new publication, Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: A Roundtable Discussion (PDF), that shares the insights and recommendations of these stakeholders, highlighting issues around agency culture, the need for a survivor-centered approach, officer training, agency policy, officer accountability, and resources and partnerships.
Throughout this report, policies and practices shared by participants are cited as potential strategies to improve the law enforcement response to sexual assault and domestic violence. These practices have produced favorable outcomes in many jurisdictions, but they are not a comprehensive or definitive list of recommendations. A great deal of work must be done in the coming years; this publication describes a number of high-priority areas in which to start.