Acknowledging Law Enforcement Trauma to Help Sexual Assault Survivors: A Tool Kit for Implementation

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 6, 2021

Christine Elow
Christine Elow
Superintendent, Cambridge Police Department
Elizabeth Speakman
Elizabeth Speakman, MSW, LICSW
Coordinator, Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, Prevention Initiative, City of Cambridge
Alyssa Donovan
Alyssa Donovan
Victim Advocate, Cambridge Police Department

The City of Cambridge’s Police Department and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative, in close collaboration with local service providers, have created and implemented a Trauma Informed Law Enforcement (TILE) Initiative, including a model 3 day training, and changes to practice and protocol. The framework for the TILE Initiative includes centering the impacts of trauma on law enforcement personnel as well as the traumatic experiences of community members, particularly sexual assault survivors. This session will provide participants with a basic understanding of the key components of the TILE Initiative and delve deeper into the strategies for integrating these into law enforcement agencies. The session will use experiential learning to illustrate the concepts of trauma informed law enforcement. We will also highlight our recently published new resource that is intended to provide guidance to help police departments and municipalities all over the country design and implement their own trauma-informed training and education program. To download the “Guide for a Trauma-Informed Law Enforcement Initiative” manual, please visit Participants will explore how they can bring this framework back to their communities.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe what trauma is and how it impacts law enforcement professionals as well as sexual assault survivors.
  • Describe the essential components of a Trauma Informed Law Enforcement approach in relation to sexual assault cases and officer wellness.
  • Identify areas in need of improvement relating to investigating and supporting victims of sexual assault with a trauma informed lens.
  • Create a framework for beginning to implement trauma informed approaches throughout your law enforcement agency.

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