When Victims Report from Another Jurisdiction

The organization End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) has prepared a training bulletin, "Responding to Victims Reporting from Another Jurisdiction".

In the five-page PDF document, EVAWI describes how to respond to victims, taking courtesy reports, the need for effective documentation, admissibility of evidence, and technical recommendations.

From the report:

"Tragically, many victims are assaulted while they are away from home. This could include a sexual assault, an attack by an intimate partner, or any other crime. What can become complicated for law enforcement is the fact that many of these victims will wait to report the crime until they return home.

"This makes sense, because they have the support of family and friends at home, as well as other service providers they may feel more comfortable contacting. However, it means that the law enforcement agency receiving the report is not the one with jurisdiction. We developed this training bulletin to provide guidance in this area - not only for law enforcement professionals - but also to inform other community professionals about the options that are available for the law enforcement response in this type of situation."

You can download the full bulletin here.

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