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Revised Protocol for Law Enforcement: Responding to Victims with Disabilities and Older Adults who Experience Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation
Posted: April 5, 2018

In 2011, the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council received a U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women Arrest grant. The focus of the grant was development of an Integrated Protocol Initiative. The scope of the initiative included updating the domestic violence and elder abuse protocols for law enforcement and prosecutors and to create protocols to address violence against people with disabilities. Upon completion of the protocols, in 2013, IFVCC and its partners conducted training of trainers across the state to facilitate local implementation. As a part of the statewide roll-out, the protocols for responding to violence against people with disabilities and older adults were jointly trained. Based upon this experience, it was determined that, though there are differences between older adults and people with disabilities, there are enough similarities in victimology and support requirements between the two populations that merging the protocols will allow a more cohesive response and provide ease of use for law enforcement and prosecutors.

In 2016, in preparation for the merger of the protocols, almost 80 interviews were conducted with law enforcement, people with disabilities, and older adults. Information obtained from law enforcement officers includes the need for more training for working with people with disabilities. The greatest challenge noted by officers is the lack of resources or lack of knowledge about resources. Additionally, spending time with people with disabilities, particularly family members, was suggested as the most helpful experience to increase comfort with people with disabilities.

Interviews with older adults and people with disabilities highlighting their experiences in working with police and their advice for a better response for law enforcement is included in this guide. Information from older adults and people with disabilities indicate a more positive interaction with police when officers take time to respectfully engage and understand how a person communicates. Finally, feedback obtained through the interviews, as well as the insights gained from communicating with local council training teams and previous implementation, form the basis for the new protocols. Workgroups comprised of Advisory Committee members, Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council staff, Local Council Coordinators and local Family Violence Coordinating Council members reviewed the protocols, updated statutes, person-first language and developed new resources for these protocols.

The purpose of this protocol is to effectively guide law enforcement in responding to people with disabilities and older adults who experience domestic violence, sexual assault, abuse, neglect or exploitation through model guidelines, investigative procedures, and legal considerations. Implementation of the protocol will allow for successful partnering with prosecutors, advocates, and others in the criminal justice system in the response to victims who are older adults or those with disabilities. Additionally, implementation supports alignment with legal mandates as well as current best practices. Law Enforcement response is critical to ensuring that victims who are older adults, or those with disabilities, have equal access to the criminal justice system in a compassionate, proactive, individualized manner. Use of this protocol will promote a more coordinated community response with law enforcement by bringing together health care, social service and adult protective services in serving older adults and people with disabilities who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, abuse, neglect, and financial.

View the Revised Protocol


Register Now: Facilitating Experiential Trauma Information Training
Posted: April 5, 2018

Training Opportunity

REGISTER TODAY for this free 1-day training!

Friday, May 18, 2018
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bunn Auditorium
HSHS St. John’s Hospital
800 E Carpenter Street
Springfield, Illinois 62769

Sponsored by the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council

LEARN TO:

  • Explain the difference between cognitive thinking and experiential memory for victims of trauma.
  • Deliver the results of decades of neuroscience research as it relates to traumatization.
  • Define a newly recognized class of evidence called psycho-physiological evidence.
  • Identify the elements of the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview process.

PRESENTERS:

Russell Strand, Executive Director of Certified FETI and Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Strand Holistic Innovative Forensic Techniques (SHIFT) LLC. Mr. Strand is an internationally recognized expert on child abuse and sexual assault investigations, domestic violence intervention, human trafficking, critical incident peer support, forensic interviews, trauma response, and culture change. He is the creator of the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview.

Myra Ferechil, Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Strand Holistic Innovative Forensic Techniques LLC. SHIFT’s mission is to dramatically shift the paradigm to improve societal responses to individuals who have experienced trauma, victimization, and other complex experiences. Ms. Ferechil provides consultation, training, and assistance to agencies and service providers.

SUGGESTED TRAINING PARTICIPANTS:

  • Law enforcement personnel
  • Prosecutors
  • Victim advocates
  • Judges
  • Probation
  • Social service staff
  • Public defenders
  • Mediators
  • Public health professionals
  • Attorneys

Continuing Education Credits for CDVP, CPAIP, LPC/LCPC, and LSW/LCSW will be awarded through sponsorship from the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence pending approval.

Space is limited. Register today!

CLICK TO REGISTER

Questions? Contact Mary Ratliff: Mary.Ratliff@Illinois.gov


Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report
Posted: April 2, 2018

On behalf of the Members and staff of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, I am pleased to present the ICJIA Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report. This report features ICJIA’s work in Illinois criminal justice policy and planning, grants administration, research, and
information systems development during the fiscal year.

View the 2017 Annual Report


Institutional Review Board Meeting: March 29, 2018
Posted: March 26, 2018

The Institutional Review Board is scheduled to meet on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the offices of ICJIA 300 W. Adams St. Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60606 in Large Conference Room.

View the meeting agenda


Adult Redeploy Illinois Site Selection and Monitoring Committee Meeting: March 15, 2018
Posted: March 13, 2018

The Adult Redeploy Illinois Site Selection and Monitoring Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the offices of the ICJIA, 300 W. Adams Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60606.

View the meeting agenda


Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board Performance Measurement Committee: March 14, 2018
Posted: March 12, 2018

The Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board Performance Measurement Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the offices of the ICJIA, 300 W. Adams Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60606.

View the meeting agenda


SAVE THE DATE: ILLINOIS CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COUNCILS STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKSHOP: May 8-9, 2018
Posted: March 8, 2018

Join us for a Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils Strategic Planning Workshop in Bloomington May 8-9.

Hosted by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, this workshop will build on the work of the County Criminal Justice Planning Partnership over the past year.

Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils (CJCCs) follow a structured, data-driven planning process to identify, analyze, solve, and manage justice system issues. This work leads better understanding of crime and criminal justice problems, greater cooperation among agencies and units of local government, clearer objectives and priorities, more effective resource allocation, and better quality criminal justice programs and personnel. Taken together, these results can increase public confidence in and support for criminal justice processes, enhancing system performance and, ultimately, the integrity of the law.

County representatives from counties that have formed or are interested in developing CJCCs are invited.

The workshop will include panels, breakout sessions, technical training, and networking. The event also will highlight the Trends & Issues reports issued to each CJCC partner site and guide in the development of strategic plans and special projects.

The workshop will take place the afternoon of Tuesday, May 8, and all day Wednesday, May 9. Participants also are invited to attend an optional morning session at the 2018 Adult Redeploy Illinois All Sites Summit May 10 at the same location.

More details to come!

For more information, contact ICJIA Strategic Policy Advisor Bryant Jackson-Green, at 312-793-0895 or Bryant.JacksonGreen@illinois.gov


ICJIA Awards $2.7M to 17 Counties for Child Victim Services
Posted: February 27, 2018

CHICAGO — February 27, 2018: Seventeen counties in Illinois are getting a share of $2.7 million to serve children who are victims of violence. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Executive Director John Maki announced the grant awards today. The money will help fund organizations whose advocates are trained in trauma-informed practices and offer emotional support to those who have been
victimized.

View the press release details and listing of grant awards