SHSU Studies Police Response to Victims

Three researchers at Sam Houston State University will evaluate a new training initiative by the Houston Police Department designed to improve response to sexual assault and domestic violence victims.

Drs. Cortney Franklin, Leana Bouffard, and William Wells received a nearly $400,000 grant from the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice to study the effectiveness of training, which is aimed at reducing gender bias in police responses to these crimes. The training will be provided to all 5,300 sworn police personnel between September, 2016 and August 2017, and the evaluation of police and victims will be undertaken at every step in the process, including before, during, and after the training.

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