National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault

Tribal Law Enforcement publications

 

Publications:


Additional Resources - 45

Medical Resources - 4

Protocols - 3

 

Additional Resources

 

A National Portrait of Domestic Violence Courts (December 2009). A National Portrait of Domestic Violence Courts (December 2009).

 

This report, funded and distributed by the National Institute of Justice, provides a comprehensive national profile of domestic violence courts (DVCs), this study explored how criminal DVCs have evolved, their rationale, and how their operations vary across the United States.

 

 

A Victim-Centered Approach to Sexual Violence Against Native Women A Victim-Centered Approach to Sexual Violence Against Native Women

 

This publication, A Victim-Centered Approach to Sexual Violence Against Native Women: Resource Guide for Drafting Sexual Assault Law Enforcement Protocols was produced by the Southwest Center for Law and Policy. It outlines how to establish a sexual assault protocol for tribal law enforcement. This publication was designed to aid tribes in strictly enforcing their own sexual assault codes.

 

 

Batterer Programs: What Criminal Justice Agencies Need to Know (1998) Batterer Programs: What Criminal Justice Agencies Need to Know (1998)

 

This National Institute of Justice Report, published in 1998, provides judges and probation officers with basic information about batterer treatment program goals and methods. It summarizes the range of programming available (from "mainstream" to innovative approaches) throughout the country.

 

 

BIA Adult Detention Facility Guidelines BIA Adult Detention Facility Guidelines

 

The BIA Adult Detention Facility Guidelines are established to guide the operation and maintenance of Indian country jails, prisons, and detention facilities.

 

 

Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Recommendations to Improve the Criminal Justice System Response to Child Victims and Witnesses (June 1999) Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Recommendations to Improve the Criminal Justice System Response to Child Victims and Witnesses (June 1999)

 

This Office for Victims of Crime monograph describes the best practices and programs that focus on the most effective response to child victims and child witnesses by all those who work in our criminal justice system.

 

 

Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2009 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2009

 

This report, compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, presents data on the more than 400 state, municipal, county, and federal crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2009..

 

 

Census of Tribal Justice Agencies in Indian Country, 2002 Census of Tribal Justice Agencies in Indian Country, 2002

 

This report, compiled and authored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, presents detailed information gathered on tribal law enforcement agencies, tribal courts and services, and criminal record systems from the 2002 Census of Tribal Justice Agencies in American Indian Jurisdictions.

 

 

Children's Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Other Family Violence Children's Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Other Family Violence

 

This report explores in depth the survey results from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) regarding exposure to family violence among children in the United States, including exposure to intimate partner violence, assaults by parents on siblings of children surveyed, and other assaults involving teen and adult household members.

 

 

Compendium of Tribal Crime Data, 2011 Compendium of Tribal Crime Data, 2011

 

The Tribal Law and Order Act requires the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to establish and implement a tribal data collection system and to support tribal participation in national records and information systems. This is the first BJS report on the status of tribal data collection activities as required by the act. It describes BJS’s activities between July 2010 and June 2011 to improve tribal law enforcement reporting to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) and BJS’s direct collaboration with tribal criminal justice systems to collect data about tribal court systems.

 

 

Considerations in Implementing VAWA’s Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction and TLOA’s Enhanced Sentencing Authority Considerations in Implementing VAWA’s Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction and TLOA’s Enhanced Sentencing Authority

 

This 2014 report compiled by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law provides a look at the experience of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in their implementation of the 2013 VAWA Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (SDVCJ) and the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) Enhanced Sentencing Authority.

 

 

COPS Office Report to Congress as Required by the Tribal Law and Order Act COPS Office Report to Congress as Required by the Tribal Law and Order Act

 

This report, prepared by the Community Oriented Policing (COPS) initiative as a result of the requirements of the Tribal Law and Order Act, discusses the distribution of $400 million in federal grant money to tribal law enforcement programs.

 

 

Crime Reduction Best Practices Handbook: Making Indian Communities Safe 2012 Crime Reduction Best Practices Handbook: Making Indian Communities Safe 2012

 

This handbook, compiled and published by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is a compendium of best practices from a newly-minted Agency strategy intended to guide law enforcement entities in Indian Country. The handbook includes a discussion of strategies that worked on the BIA's test sites and those that did not, and the information it offers ranges from general approaches to details necessary to implement specific crime-reduction plans.

 

 

Do Best Practice Interviews with Child Abuse Victims Influence Case Processing? Do Best Practice Interviews with Child Abuse Victims Influence Case Processing?

 

This study, which was funded and distributed by the National Institute of Justice, examined the effects of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's (NICHD's) protocol for interviewing suspected child victims of abuse on case outcomes. (2008)

 

 

Drug-facilitated, Incapacitated, and Forcible Rape: A National Study (2007) Drug-facilitated, Incapacitated, and Forcible Rape: A National Study (2007)

 

This report, which was funded and distributed by the National Institute of Justice, provides information addressing 4 key goals: 1) To identify how many women in the U.S. and in college settings have ever been raped or sexually assaulted during their lifetime and within the past year; 2) To identify key case characteristics of drug-facilitated and forcible rapes; 3) To examine factors that affect the willingness of women to report rape to law enforcement or seek help from their support network; and 4) To make comparisons between the different types of rape with regard to the numbers of women affected in the U.S. and college settings, risk factors, reporting to law enforcement, and mental health consequences.

 

 

Effects of Arrest on Intimate Partner Violence: New Evidence From the Spouse Assault Replication Program, Research in Brief (July 2001) Effects of Arrest on Intimate Partner Violence: New Evidence From the Spouse Assault Replication Program, Research in Brief (July 2001)

 

This report, which was funded and distributed by the National Institute of Justice, details a multisite analysis designed to determine whether arrest was more effective at reducing subsequent domestic assault than therapeutic methods, such as on-scene counseling or temporary separation. Results revealed that arrest was associated with less repeat offending.

 

 

Enhanced Sentencing in Tribal Courts:  Lessons Learned from Tribes Enhanced Sentencing in Tribal Courts: Lessons Learned from Tribes

 

 

 

Establishing Victim Services within a Law Enforcement Agency: The Austin Experience Establishing Victim Services within a Law Enforcement Agency: The Austin Experience

 

This Office for Victims of Crime bulletin describes the Austin, Texas's police department's victim services and the benefits they have received from providing victim services.

 

 

Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survey Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survey

 

This National Institute of Justice Research Report compares intimate partner victimization rates across gender, race, and same-sex and opposite-sex cohabitants and examines the rate of injury, victims' use of medical services, and other risk factors.

 

 

First Response to Victims of Crime: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement Officers First Response to Victims of Crime: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement Officers

 

This Office for Victims of Crime Guidebook is an educational multimedia package, produced by the National Sheriffs' Association, which looks at the impact of crime on victims and describes steps that law enforcement can take, as first responders, to meet victims' needs. Among the types of victimizations covered are sexual assault, drunk driving, homicide, human trafficking, and mass casualties. The special needs of older victims, child victims, immigrants, and victims with disabilities are addressed as well.

 

 

How the Justice System Responds to Juvenile Victims: A Comprehensive Model (December 2005) How the Justice System Responds to Juvenile Victims: A Comprehensive Model (December 2005)

 

This Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Bulletin describes the major elements of the justice system for juvenile victims and what is known about how cases move through it.

 

 

I'm Going to Federal Court with Mark & Julie (For Children Ten Years and Up) (1997) I'm Going to Federal Court with Mark & Julie (For Children Ten Years and Up) (1997)

 

This activity book, produced by the Office for Victims of Crime, includes pages to color, games, puzzles, and information to teach child and adolescent witnesses about the federal court experience they will face.

 

 

Improving Criminal History Records in Indian Country, 2004-2006 Improving Criminal History Records in Indian Country, 2004-2006

 

This report, compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, discusses the achievements of the Tribal Criminal History Records Improvement Program (T-CHRIP) which provides grants to federally recognized tribes to improve data sharing across tribal, state and national criminal records systems. This report summarizes the history, goals and objectives of T-CHRIP and discusses allowable activities supported by the program. The report details T-CHRIP-funded projects aimed at improving public safety in Indian Country by enhancing the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history records and by facilitating the implementation of background check systems for criminal justice and noncriminal justice purposes.

 

 

Improving Criminal History Records in Indian Country, 2004-2006 Improving Criminal History Records in Indian Country, 2004-2006

 

This report, compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, discusses the achievements of the Tribal Criminal History Records Improvement Program (T-CHRIP) which provides grants to federally recognized tribes to improve data sharing across tribal, state and national criminal records systems. This report summarizes the history, goals and objectives of T-CHRIP and discusses allowable activities supported by the program. The report details T-CHRIP-funded projects aimed at improving public safety in Indian Country by enhancing the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history records and by facilitating the implementation of background check systems for criminal justice and noncriminal justice purposes.

 

 

Indian Country Criminal Justice Indian Country Criminal Justice

 

This document, prepared by the United States Government Accountability Office, discusses how tribal courts would benefit from increased federal government cooperation.

 

 

Internet Crimes Against Children (December 2001) Internet Crimes Against Children (December 2001)

 

This Office for Victims of Crime bulletin explores the nature of Internet crime and the complex challenges it poses for law enforcement personnel and victim service providers as they work to protect children. The document discusses challenges such as investigating geographically dispersed crimes, gathering evidence, and apprehending offenders while considering how best to respond to children and their families.

 

 

Learning All About Court with "BJ": An Activity Book for Children Going To Federal or Tribal Court (1996) Learning All About Court with "BJ": An Activity Book for Children Going To Federal or Tribal Court (1996)

 

This activity book, distributed by the Office for Victims of Crime, contains games, puzzles, and information designed to instruct children on the jobs performed by tribal and federal court personnel.

 

 

Memorandum for United States Attorneys with Districts Containing Indian Country Memorandum for United States Attorneys with Districts Containing Indian Country

 

This January 11, 2010 memorandum lays out the Attorney General's Indian Country Law Enforcement Initiative.

 

 

Our Aging Population: Promoting Empowerment, Preventing Victimization, and Implementing Coordinated Interventions: A Report of Proceedings Our Aging Population: Promoting Empowerment, Preventing Victimization, and Implementing Coordinated Interventions: A Report of Proceedings

 

Reports on a national symposium on elder victimization, which featured approaches to bringing together professionals from the public safety, social service, and health care fields. This Office of Justice Programs report provides a detailed summary of all the sessions and includes short descriptions of the featured programs.

 

 

Policing on American Indian Reservations Policing on American Indian Reservations

 

This special report by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) contains policy analysis and recommendations regarding law enforcement in Indian Country.

 

 

Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges (June 2009) Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges (June 2009)

 

This report, which was funded and distributed by the National Institute of Justice, describes for practitioners what the research tells us about domestic violence, including its perpetrators and victims, the impact of current responses to it and, more particularly, the implications of that research for day-to-day, real-world responses to domestic violence by law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges.

 

 

Pretrial Innovations for Domestic Violence Offenders and Victims: Lessons From the Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative (August 2007). Pretrial Innovations for Domestic Violence Offenders and Victims: Lessons From the Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative (August 2007).

 

This report, which was funded and distributed by the National Institute of Justice, discusses how pretrial innovations for domestic violence cases were implemented in three demonstration sites as part of the Judicial Oversight Demonstration project. The goal is to increase victim safety while holding offenders accountable. The report describes the pretrial strategies used, key aspects of their implementation, and lessons learned for other jurisdictions wishing to try similar innovations.

 

 

Promising Practices Against Hate Crimes: Five State and Local Demonstration Projects (May 2000) Promising Practices Against Hate Crimes: Five State and Local Demonstration Projects (May 2000)

 

The five demonstration programs described in this Bureau of Justice Assistance monograph are among the United States's most promising models for confronting and reducing hate crime. One program provides training to law enforcement professionals; another addresses the needs of hate crime victims; and three focus on bias among youths, with an emphasis on removing hate from public schools.

 

 

Rape and Sexual Assault Rape and Sexual Assault

 

This Bureau of Justice Assistance monograph examines four aspects of the problem of bias, prejudice, and hate crimes on American college and university campuses.

 

 

Serving Crime Victims and Witnesses 2nd Edition (February 1997) Serving Crime Victims and Witnesses 2nd Edition (February 1997)

 

This resource provides a detailed discussion of strategies for planning, implementing, and refining victim assistance programs, with examples of program operations and activities, as well as suggestions of resources for further assistance.

 

 

Sex Offenses and Offenders: Analysis of Data on Rape and Sexual Assault (February 1997) Sex Offenses and Offenders: Analysis of Data on Rape and Sexual Assault (February 1997)

 

This report, compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, draws on more than 24 statistical datasets to provide an overview of violent victimization by sexual assault and the characteristics of the offenders who commit these crimes. Among the findings in this, a high percentage of the rape and sexual assault victims are children, and in 90 percent of the cases, the victim knew the offender.

 

 

Special Law Enforcement Commissions Policy Special Law Enforcement Commissions Policy

 

This document outlines the BIA's rules and policies concerning Special Law Enforcement Commissions. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of Justice Services (OJS) issues SLECs to Tribal, Federal, State, and local full-time certified law enforcement officers in order to aid in the enforcement of federal laws.

 

 

Standards and Procedures for Background Investigations Standards and Procedures for Background Investigations

 

This document outlines the BIA's standards and procedures for background investigations.

 

 

Testing and Evaluation of the Use of Polygraphs to Combat Violence Against Women, Final Report (March 2008) Testing and Evaluation of the Use of Polygraphs to Combat Violence Against Women, Final Report (March 2008)

 

This report was funded by the National Institute of Justice. In examining the applicability of polygraph to postconviction management of high-risk domestic-violence probationers, this study tested whether polygraph provides information about risky behaviors unknown to criminal justice personnel that is predictive of additional near-term arrests.

 

 

The Cycle of Violence Revisited The Cycle of Violence Revisited

 

This NIJ Research Preview describes findings in a series of ongoing studies of the potential "cycle of violence" for young victims of abuse. Children identified in court cases as victims of physical and sexual abuse and neglect were tracked over time to examine risk factors, criminal justice interventions, and arrest rates as they grew into adulthood. This report also discusses some of the long-term psychological effects of early victimization.

 

 

Tribal Law and Order Act Sentencing Authority Tribal Law and Order Act Sentencing Authority

 

This document, prepared by the United States Government Accountability Office, discusses the fact that tribal courts have not taken advantage of the increased sentencing authority provided to them by the Tribal Law and Order Act.

 

 

Tribal Law Enforcement, 2000 Tribal Law Enforcement, 2000

 

This report, compiled and written by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, presents information on the characteristics of tribally operated law enforcement agencies in the United States, including personnel, services, and functions. These selected findings include a special section on crime in Indian Country. Agency data are taken from the 2000 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.

 

 

U.S. Department of Justice, Indian Country Investigations and Prosecutions (2014) U.S. Department of Justice, Indian Country Investigations and Prosecutions (2014)

 

 

 

Understanding and Improving Law Enforcement Responses to Human Trafficking, Final Report (February 2008) Understanding and Improving Law Enforcement Responses to Human Trafficking, Final Report (February 2008)

 

This study, which was funded and distributed by the National Institute of Justice, sought the opinions of service providers for deaf sexual assault victims and the views of members of the deaf community, in order to identify service gaps for these victims and how law enforcement agencies can be a more effective resource for them.

 

 

Understanding the Needs of the Victims of Sexual Assault in the Deaf Community (October 2005) Understanding the Needs of the Victims of Sexual Assault in the Deaf Community (October 2005)

 

This study, which was funded and distributed by the National Institute of Justice, sought the opinions of service providers for deaf sexual assault victims and the views of members of the deaf community, in order to identify service gaps for these victims and how law enforcement agencies can be a more effective resource for them.

 

 

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and the Criminal Justice Response: What Is Known (2008) Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and the Criminal Justice Response: What Is Known (2008)

 

This report was funded by a National Institute of Justice Grant. Based on a synthesis of the empirical literature and original data analyses, this report presents an overview of the epidemiology of violence against American-Indian and Alaska-Native women as well as a review of the criminal justice responses to this violence.

 

 

Medical Resources

 

Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Strategies for Effective Law Enforcement Training Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Strategies for Effective Law Enforcement Training

 

This publication serves as a practical handbook written for law enforcement personnel and staff at other agencies who are planning a training initiative that will support a CIT, co-response, or other type of specialized law enforcement-based response program, as well as for individuals looking to enhance an existing training initiative. This project was coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with financial support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

 

 

Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions

 

This report explores the law enforcement program design process, including detailed examples from several communities from across the country. It is meant to assist initiative leaders and agents of change who want to select or adapt program features from models that will be most effective in their communities. This project was coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

 

 

Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: The Essential Elements of a Specialized Law Enforcement-Based Program Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: The Essential Elements of a Specialized Law Enforcement-Based Program

 

This publication articulates 10 essential elements for specialized law enforcement-based response programs in interacting with people with mental illnesses and provides a common framework for program design and implementation that will promote positive outcomes while being sensitive to every jurisdiction's distinct needs and resources. This project was coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with financial support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

 

 

Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: The Essential Elements of Specialized Probation Initiatives Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: The Essential Elements of Specialized Probation Initiatives

 

This report identifies 10 key components found in successful initiatives to improve outcomes for people with mental illnesses under probation supervision. This first-of-its-kind report provides specific recommendations to probation and mental health policymakers and practitioners for effectively responding to this population's complex treatment and service needs while improving public safety and health. This project was coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with financial support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

 

 

Protocols

 

Planning, Implementing and Operating Effective Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) Programs: Guidelines and Standards (October 2006) Planning, Implementing and Operating Effective Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) Programs: Guidelines and Standards (October 2006)

 

This report, which was funded and distributed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides recommendations and standards for planning, implementing, and operating an effective SAVIN Program.

 

 

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

 

This 2015 policies and procedures guide created by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute features excerpts from over fifteen different operational Healing to Wellness Court manuals to provide context and showcase the possible variety in options when pulling together what will become the foundational document for your Wellness Court.

 

 

Victim-Oriented Multidisciplinary Responses to Statutory Rape: Training Guide (2000) Victim-Oriented Multidisciplinary Responses to Statutory Rape: Training Guide (2000)

 

This Office for Victims of Crime guidebook raises the various problems law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim service providers encounter in statutory rape cases and identifies promising practices for dealing with them.

 

 

National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault, a project by the Southwest Center for Law and Policy © 2017

This project was supported by  Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K045 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessary represent the official position of the U.S. Department of Justice. All rights reserved. | Privacy policy