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Uncovering Sexual Assault in Domestic Violence Calls: An Improved Law Enforcement Response to Assess for Sexual Violence, Build an Evidence Based Case and Reduce Gender Bias Webinar
Thursday, November 15th, 2018
12:00 PM PT/1:00 PM MT/2:00 PM CT/3:00 PM ET

This webinar is approximately 90 minutes long.

Course Description

Research tells us that sexual violence is a common component of intimate partner violence, but victims are often far less likely to disclose acts of sexual violence than physical violence, in their contacts with law enforcement. Investigators should therefore make it a standard practice to assess whether sexual violence is also occurring in cases of intimate partner violence.

This webinar will explain how law enforcement can evolve from not properly addressing intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV) in domestic violence situations to a practical, well trained response. Participants will be provided with materials that can be used to sensitively assess for sexual violence and build an evidence based case through investigation and prosecution. Materials will also be provided to help develop policies, protocols, and training, as well as reducing gender bias in policing.

With an enhanced understanding of how multidisciplinary teams are formed and used, law enforcement professionals will be better able to provide exemplary responses to victims and vulnerable communities. Sergeant Davis will explain new practices and protocols for these cases and discuss how the Vancouver, Washington Police Department reformed and changed its responses.


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

  • Identify the most common challenges in confronting intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV) and domestic violence cases.
  • Understand what systems can be implemented, changed or enhanced to improve victim safety, pursue an evidence based case, and hold offenders accountable.
  • Demonstrate practical strategies with case examples for assessment of and response to challenging IPSV and domestic violence cases.
  • Explore how to use policies, practices, and training for multi-disciplinary teams to implement change in the law enforcement response to IPSV and domestic violence cases.



Sergeant Mike Davis (Ret.) PictureMike Davis, Sergeant, Vancouver Police Department (Ret.), Vancouver, WA

Mike Davis retired as a Police Sergeant for the Vancouver, Washington Police Department in June, 2018. He has been a police officer since 1991 and served as a police officer in Illinois prior to relocating to Vancouver.

Sergeant Davis worked with community partnerships and department resources to help establish the City of Vancouver's first Domestic Violence unit and served as the first Domestic Violence Sergeant. In 2004, he was named Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer by the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for service to the victims of Domestic Violence. From 2006 until 2012 he supervised Detectives and Probation Officers while he coordinated the city's response to domestic violence crimes. With the foundation of the Domestic Violence Prosecution Center, community partners, and the Vancouver Police Department, a coordinated community response to domestic violence was enhanced, and is now co-located in one building. Sergeant Davis also serves on the Clark County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault task force and served on the Washington State Attorney General's Advisory Board on Domestic Violence.

Sergeant Davis has presented for the Battered Women's Justice Project, End Violence Against Women International Conference, North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services, Washington State Correctional Association State Conference, Portland State University, Clark College, and various community events. In 2009, the Vancouver Police Department's Domestic Violence Unit was named Community Partnership Team of the Year by the Washington State Department of Corrections. He is the author of three book chapters, one on investigating domestic violence cases and the others on law enforcement response to intimate partner sexual violence.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K010 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
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