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Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Announces Two New Resources to Support Law Enforcement from Office on Violence Against Women

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta announced at a webinar today two new training and technical assistance (TTA) resources from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW): the National Violence Against Women Law Enforcement Training and Technical Assistance Consortium (LETTAC) and the Domestic Violence Resource for Increasing Safety and Connection (DV RISC).

“Reducing violent crime is a top priority for the Department of Justice, and combating domestic violence and sexual assault are important parts of the department’s comprehensive strategy to reduce violent crime,” said Associate Attorney General Gupta. “We cannot reduce, prevent or end violence without providing law enforcement agencies with the tools, training and resources they need. I am proud to introduce LETTAC and DV RISC, as new tools to help law enforcement agencies best respond to, investigate and ultimately prevent domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by delivering innovative and evolving training and technical assistance to grantees and the field in a more efficient, effective manner.”

“Ensuring that law enforcement and jurisdictions have access to survivor-centered and trauma-informed resources is critical to address and prevent gender-based violence in our communities,” said Principal Deputy Director Allison Randall of OVW. “LETTAC and DV RISC not only fulfill this key role, but also expand training and technical assistance to underserved communities, including rural areas and Tribal lands, helping countless survivors access the justice they seek.”

LETTAC is a single-entry point for law enforcement agencies – including police and sheriffs’ offices as well as prosecutors, civilian staff and campus police – to request TTA in responding to, investigating and prosecuting domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking cases. Planning is also underway to ensure LETTAC resources address the intersection of human trafficking with domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking with a focus on Tribal grantees and potential grantees. LETTAC delivers TTA more efficiently, maximizing resources while minimizing duplication and, crucially, promoting collaboration. The LETTAC resource center includes a portal to request TTA; a clearinghouse of webinars, podcasts, publications and other tools; and a learning center to provide quality training for users. Ensuring inclusivity is central to LETTAC’s mission to providing TTA services and support for all justice practitioners, including those in underserved areas, culturally specific communities, and American Indian and Alaska Native jurisdictions. LETTAC will partner with AEquitas to provide training to prosecutors.

DV RISC is a national resource center to help communities prevent domestic violence homicide. The DV RISC website provides multidisciplinary tools and TTA to jurisdictions seeking a coordinated response. Users can obtain access to TTA providers and subject matter experts; on-site and virtual strategic planning assistance; culturally specific TTA providers to ensure diverse and inclusive community engagement; and peer-to-peer learning with communities that have implemented domestic violence homicide prevention strategies. Working in collaboration with Ujima and Esperanza United, DV RISC is led and informed by individuals who have been impacted by intimate partner and domestic violence homicides, ensuring that communities using DV RISC create prevention strategies that are informed by the voices of survivors.

Both LETTAC and DV RISC support the Justice Department’s comprehensive strategy for reducing violent crime.

About the Office on Violence Against Women

The Office on Violence Against Women provides leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence through the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation. Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. In addition to overseeing federal grant programs, OVW undertakes initiatives in response to special needs identified by communities facing acute challenges. Learn more at www.justice.gov/ovw.

Updated March 31, 2022

Press Release Number: 22-162