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Justice Department Releases Guidance To Address Gender Bias in Police Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

December 30, 2015

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch has announced a new guidance to help law enforcement agencies identify and prevent gender bias in their response to sexual assault and domestic violence. The guidance offers eight principles for law enforcement to incorporate into policies and training to ensure that neither implicit nor explicit gender bias will undermine efforts to keep victims safe and hold assailants accountable. The principles include recognizing and addressing biases and stereotypes regarding victims, treating all victims with respect, and encouraging victims to participate in the investigation.

Resources:

View and download the Justice Department's policing guidance on identifying and preventing gender bias in response to sexual assault and domestic violence.

Read the gender bias policing guidance fact sheet.

Read OJJDP's policy guidance on Girls and the Juvenile Justice System.

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