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DOJ Issues New Guidance for Police in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases


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DOJ Issues New Guidance for Police in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases

WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice issued groundbreaking new guidance to law enforcement agencies today, detailing how certain police responses to domestic violence and sexual assault violate victims’ civil rights.

The guidance comes on the heels of DOJ investigations of gender-biased policing in New Orleans; Puerto Rico; Missoula, Montana; and Maricopa County, Arizona; which documented the systemic failure of police departments to properly investigate domestic violence and sexual assault cases or to hold police officers accountable when they commit domestic or sexual violence.

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