From #MeToo to #RealChange: Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 7, 2021

Carrie Bettinger
Carrie Bettinger-Lopez
Clinical Law Professor & Director of the Human Rights Clinic, University of Miami School of Law
Denisse Córdova Montes
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Olivia Garcia
Olivia Garcia, PhD
Public Policy and Training Manager, Casa De Esperanza: National Latin @Network

This workshop will highlight promising international practices, resources, and accountability systems to enhance law enforcement responses to violence against women and LGBTQI individuals. It will review guidance from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The guidance, developed in collaboration with law enforcement leaders, offers trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches in policing practices. The workshop will draw on recommendations and data gathered from climate surveys and community discussions with survivors, advocates and law enforcement in Canada, Brazil, and the United States, as part of the COURAGE in Policing Project, an innovative approach to community-based policing in the domestic violence and sexual assault arena.


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

  • Describe the eight key principles highlighted in the DOJ Guidance on improving the law enforcement response to sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Identify key resources to assist in implementing the DOJ Guidance at the local level including model programs, protocols, training, and systems of supervision and accountability, including the use of relevant data analysis and the importance of access to victim advocates.
  • Implement community assessments and collaborate with community partners to develop an effective law enforcement response to domestic violence and sexual assault, particularly in working with victims from marginalized communities.

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