Building a Foundation of Police-Community Reconciliation to Address Intimate Partner Violence

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 8, 2021

Rachel Teicher
Rachel Teicher, JD
Director, Intimate Partner Violence Intervention, National Network for Safe Communities
Danneile Davis
Danneile Davis
Field Advisor, Intimate Partner Violence Intervention, National Network for Safe
Paul Smith
Paul Smith
Director, Reconciliation, National Network for Safe Communities

This workshop outlines the NNSC’s approach to address the crisis of trust between survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and law enforcement. Mistrust jeopardizes safety, with less than half of survivors willing to report victimization to law enforcement, and those who do, often find themselves disillusioned with the criminal justice process. The NNSC’s framework of reconciliation, drawing from several international examples including post-Apartheid South Africa and Northern Ireland, presents a unique opportunity to build police-community trust. Piloted since 2015 in six cities across the country though a USDOJ grant, reconciliation centers on an Acknowledgement of Harm, the elevation of impacted community voices through listening sessions with law enforcement, and the incorporation of those insights into a robust policy review process. In select jurisdictions, this framework has been applied specifically to IPV, resulting in substantive policy changes drawn directly from survivor feedback. This workshop will present the framework itself, examples of its use and impact, and new reconciliation opportunities for interdisciplinary partners addressing IPV in their communities.


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

  • Understand an innovative framework for building trust between law enforcement and survivors and strengthening support to survivors.
  • Contextualize the current state of the field of this work, through overviews of NNSC action research to date.
  • Consider insights from design and implementation, as well as challenges and opportunities for improvement.
  • Ask critical questions about the framework, its impact, and its implementation to date.

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