Domestic Violence & Crime Victim Services

The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) is committed to assisting local law enforcement in providing the best possible service to victims of domestic violence and other crimes. This page provides an overview of some of the ongoing initiatives at NSA, as well as current information on crime victim issues, events, and resources.

For further inquiry, contact Jessica Vanderpool, Director of Special Projects. 

What's New 

Response to and Investigation of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Training

NSA, with funding from the Office on Violence Against Women, is offering free two-day trainings to eight agencies entitled “Response to and Investigation of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking.”  A multidisciplinary team of law enforcement officer, prosecutor, and victim advocate teach six main components:  Lethality, Liability, Dynamics, Investigating, Interviewing, and Federal Laws pertaining to domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking cases.  The target audience for this training is front line officers, detectives, investigators, and other non-supervisory officers.

Any agency can host this training.  The agency must provide the facility and an LCD projector with screen.  Additionally, the host of the training site must commit to enrolling 65 trainees to participate, which can include practitioners from other local agencies.  Participants are responsible for their transportation, lodging, and meals.

Download the training curriculum

If you are interested in hosting the training, or have any questions, please contact Jessica Vanderpool at jessica@sheriffs.org or 703-838-5303.


The Bureau of Justice Assistance has released the FY2017 Sexual Assault Kit Initiative solicitation. The application period is from December 20, 2016 to March 2, 2017. All interested agencies are encouraged to apply and take advantage of this funding opportunity.

There are several highlights to be aware of -

 

• Agencies can apply for SAKI funding to inventory, test, track, investigate, and prosecute un-submitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). Funds can also support multidisciplinary police development, improvement of practices, and access to training in investigation, prosecution, trauma, victim engagement, and other areas critical to addressing the complex issues associated with these cases.
• New this year - Small and mid-sized agencies (less than 250 sworn officers) are also specifically encouraged to apply for funding. Small and mid-sized agencies can apply individually or as a consortium.
• Agencies can apply for SAKI funding to increase collection of lawfully-owed offender DNA for CODIS upload purposes that may lead to the identification of serious and serial sex offenders.

If you have any questions about the FY2017 SAKI solicitation, please contact Angela Williamson, BJA Senior Policy Advisor, at Angela.Williamson@usdoj.gov or (202) 307-5831. 


NSA releases roll call video on treating victims of DUI crashes as crime victims, DUI Crashes: Real Crimes, Real Victims. Drunk driving crashes are crimes, not “accidents.” One person is killed in an alcohol impaired driving crash every 53 minutes. This roll call video, supported by a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, and produced for NSA by Video Action, addresses the need for law enforcement to respond to and interact with DUI crash victims in a victim-centered way, with all the referrals, support, and resources due victims of a violent crime.

 


The Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide, the result of a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime and Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides practical information on the creation and day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces. It includes strategies to strengthen multidisciplinary collaboration and thereby increase victim identification, enhance delivery of services to all victims and support victim-centered investigation and prosecution strategies. Written by leading practitioners in law enforcement, prosecution, and victim services, the e-guide is regularly updated with new tools, trainings, resources, and more case examples.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police has developed four companion documents to help law enforcement agencies implement its Office for Victims of Crime funded Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims initiative. Volume #1, a 21st Century Strategy, introduces state, local, and tribal law enforcement leaders to the benefits, challenges, methods, and responsibilities for enhancing their response to victims of crime. Volume #2, the Implementation Guide, outlines the steps to implement the Strategy. Volume #3, the Resource Toolkit, provides templates to aid in the implementation of these steps. And Volume #4, the online Training Supplemental presents law enforcement agencies with content that can be customized to provide every agency employee, from recruit to executive, with specific knowledge, skills, abilities, and tools to better respond to crime victims. For more information, visit www.responsetovictims.org.

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) releases Enhancing Community Policing with Immigrant Populations (April 2010). NSA and the COPS Office partnered to host a national roundtable discussion of law enforcement leaders and immigrant advocates  that developed  recommendations for enhancing community policing, including police training and police education, to ensure equity in the delivery of law enforcement services to immigrant populations. This report documents that roundtable discussion and recommendations.

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) releases Victim Services in Rural Law Enforcement (April 2009). This publication explores creative and economical ways for rural law enforcement agenciescomprised of sheriffs, deputies, and police to meet the needs of victims at the crime scene and during follow-up contact. Based on the experiences of 17 sites that received OVC funding to establish or enhance crime victim assistance efforts in their law enforcement agencies, the publication: Reviews the grant project; Highlights site activities; Identifies core elements and challenges of rural law enforcement-based victim service programs; and Offers a blueprint for rural law enforcement agencies interested in initiating their own victim services efforts.

 

Other Crime Victim Resources

NSA's First Response to Victims of Crime Guidebook and Roll Call Video. Available from the Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center at (800) 851-3420.