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Access The Crime of Domestic Violence training video.
IACP Releases Four-Part Domestic Violence Training Video for Law Enforcement
"Shots fired. Victims unknown." "Reported strangulation. Child present." "Domestic assault in progress." These are the types of initial notifications officers often receive from 911 call takers and dispatchers when responding to domestic violence incidents. Domestic violence calls can be chaotic and dangerous for all involved - the victims, children and others present, and first responders. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), with support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), created and recently released a four-part training video, The Crime of Domestic Violence
The purpose of the training video is to present information regarding the complexities of domestic violence, strategies for effective investigations, and ways law enforcement and their partners can effectively respond to victims and hold perpetrators accountable. In addition to the video, the IACP created a Training and Discussion Facilitation Guide (PDF) that includes questions intended to reinforce key information presented in the video and to encourage discussion on additional topics and promising practices. These resources work well as roll call training or to assist law enforcement, including campus law enforcement, in applying this information to their local communities. The complete training video is a little over 45 minutes in length; however, it is also available in the following shorter segments:
  • Segment 1: Critical Context: As first responders, law enforcement officers play a critical role supporting victims of violence. This segment addresses misconceptions and frustrations about victims and victim behaviors, and presents information to strengthen the overall understanding of this complex crime. It discusses how domestic violence is "a relationship that evolves over time" and why it is critical to capture the history of the relationship. 
  • Segment 2: On Scene Response: Many crimes that law enforcement respond to are incident-based, consisting of a single occurrence. However, domestic violence is most often a course of conduct crime, often consisting of multiple incidents and abusive behaviors over an extended period of time. Responding officers must be aware of this in order to capture pertinent details to support the victim, hold the offender accountable, and conduct a thorough investigation. Segment two provides information about documenting threats, intimidation, trauma, and fear; effective report writing; and conducting supportive interviews to empower victims.
  • Segment 3: Offender Realities & Threats to Officers: The tactics that perpetrators of abuse use to control victims are often the same tactics they use on responding officers. When the abuser's power is threatened, responding officers risk harm. Segment three highlights the danger and lethality of domestic violence calls, provides information about offender behaviors that may indicate increased risk for victims and officers, and details what information officers should gather before approaching a scene. 
  • Segment 4: Working Together: Domestic violence cases are so complex and dynamic that no one individual, agency, or organization can provide all the needed assistance and resources to victims; it takes partnerships. This segment presents compelling details about how establishing multiagency, multidisciplinary partnerships and collaborations can impact the safety and healing of victims, as well as strengthen law enforcement investigations. Segment four highlights promising practices for responding to domestic violence situations, effective collaborative models, and the benefits of such alliances.
To receive a DVD copy of the video, or if you have questions, you may send an email to stopviolence@theiacp.org .
The Crime of Domestic Violence training video is part of the IACP's Police Response to Violence Against Women Project. With the assistance of OVW funding, this project develops tools and policies to assist law enforcement in responding effectively to domestic violence, domestic violence by police officers, human trafficking, sexual assault, and all other crimes against women. Visit the IACP's Police Response to Violence Against Women Project web page  for additional training tools and resources.  

Download the 2017 calendar.
National Seasonal Preparedness Calendar Now Available

The National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar (PDF) is now available for 2017. The calendar, developed by FEMA  and released annually, highlights monthly observances and provides key messages for each month. It is meant to be a guide and communities, including campus communities, are encouraged to adapt content to their region as necessary. This year's calendar includes messaging on:
  • General preparedness;
  • Winter storms and extreme cold;
  • Severe weather and floods;
  • Extreme heat and wildfire safety; and
  • Hurricanes, earthquakes, and fire safety.
In addition to the calendar, related social media toolkits are available through the Ready.gov website. Each toolkit contains information about how to use it effectively as well as shareable graphics. Some toolkits include information on themes, hashtags, emojis, videos, and specific Twitter and Facebook content. The following toolkits are currently online:  
An expandable, ADA-compliant version of the National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar is available online and can be shared with others using the "share this page" button.

Register for our webinar today!
Social Media's Role in Campus Safety - What, Why, and What Now?

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, we welcome  Dr. Gary J. Margolis , the founder and CEO of  Social Sentinel, Inc. , a digital threat alert service, to discuss social media's role in campus safety. In October 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) raised concerns with the largest social media services over law enforcement's use of their data to monitor users' social media posts. The ACLU's findings led several companies that allowed such monitoring to lose access to their Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds, effectively putting many out of business. In this discussion, Dr. Margolis will provide insight into what happened and discuss how campus officials can receive threat alert information.
Register by Friday, February 17, 2017 to join us for  Social Media's Role in Campus Safety - What, Why, and What Now?  Our  Campus Public Safety Online webinars are free, but registration is required. We encourage registrants to sign up groups if more than one person would like to attend, as these webinars are ideal for multiple participants from one institution or organization.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Hazardous Weather Preparedness for Campuses (AWR-332)
Organization: National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Date: February 17, 2017
Location: State University, AR
Fee: Free
Title: Social Media Tools and Techniques (PER-344)
Organization: National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Date: March 14, 2017         
Location: Boise, ID
Fee: Free
Title: 2017 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Systems Change
Organization: End Violence Against Women International
Dates: April 18-20, 2017
Location: Orlando, FL
Fee: Registration Fee

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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