The Sexual Assault and Violent Trauma Training and Response Project represents a collaboration between non-profit sector organizations working in the areas of violence and trauma, and Los Angeles law enforcement. Its primary function is to offer community-driven training and related recommendations and resources to staff in the 21 divisions of the Los Angeles Police Department, and to other interested law enforcement entities and stakeholders operating in Los Angeles city and county. The project aims include: 1) Introducing and integrating trauma-informed frameworks and resources applicable to law enforcement interactions with victims of sexual assault and related forms of violent crime, 2) Improving the accessibility and experience of crime reporting for survivors of sexual assault or related forms of violent trauma, through awareness of a range of vulnerable populations, including but not limited to persons with mental and physical disabilities, elders, youth, survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, immigrants and refugees, male survivors of sexual abuse, LGBTQ populations, survivors of hate crimes, homeless persons, survivors of intimate partner violence, indigenous persons, and communities of color, and 3) Enhancing violent crime investigation processes through empirically grounded training regarding dynamics of victimization and violence.
The primary project activities include:
- Launch and maintenance of a “Sexual Assault and Violent Trauma Taskforce” comprised of representatives from partnering organizations and stakeholders. The taskforce will be charged with consultation and review of all training agendas and curriculum, with assessment and collection of data regarding training outcomes, and with periodic production of reports regarding training needs, training activities, and associated recommendations regarding optimization of law enforcement policy and practice.
- Assessment of training needs through qualitative and quantitative assessment of knowledge foundations among LAPD personnel involved in frontline reporting, investigations, and crime prevention and program administration, and through consultation with LAPD leadership.
- Delivery of training within the 4 bureaus and incorporated 21 divisions of the LAPD on subjects related to sex crime reporting and investigations, patterns of violent predation, and areas of victimization that overlap with or can include sexual violence, such as elder abuse, hate crimes, and intimate partner violence.