Resources Library: Law Enforcement

2015 Legislative Updates to Domestic and Sexual Violence Laws

Added Monday, June 15, 2015 by Virginia Poverty Law Center

2015 Virginia General Assembly legislative updates, including a few significant firearms bill vetoes. The bills that passed will become law as of 7/1/15. This Power Point is from a presentation by Susheela Varky to Virginia legal aid attorneys on June 3, 2015.

2016 New Protective Order Law - What does it mean?

Added Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by Action Alliance

On July 1, the new law that prohibits persons subject to protective orders from possessing firearms will take effect. We have designed a brief FAQs sheet about the new law that provides some basic information on what the law does, what it doesn’t do, and outlines conversations/issues that communities need to be talking about to come up with protocols. It also provides a link to some best practices.

DCJS has also put some information up on their site.  This link has information on a recent brochure that DCJS developed on the new law, a list of law enforcement agencies who are willing to accept firearms, and a link to a new grant opportunity to fund pilot sites for implementing the new law.  In short, there is not a statewide directive for implementation.  Local courts, law enforcement, domestic violence programs and other stakeholders have to come together to come up with a plan for their locality.

7/1/12 New DV/SV Laws in Virginia

Added Wednesday, June 13, 2012 by Virginia Poverty Law Center

This is a Power Point describing some of the new laws as regards domestic and sexual violence that will become effective in Virginia as of 7/1/12.

A Study of Domestic Violence Policies in Virginia’s Law Enforcement Agencies

Added Thursday, October 28, 2010 by Department of Criminal Justice Services

The Victims Services Section of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) conducted this project with a grant from the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.  The purpose of this project was to study the effectiveness of Virginia’s Family Violence Arrest Laws, implemented in 1997, use the information gathered to revise the domestic violence curriculum for law enforcement in Virginia, and update the Sample Directives Manual General Order 2-32 (the model domestic violence policy for Virginia law enforcement agencies).  Published by DCJS June 2004.

Be Her Resource:  A Toolkit About School Resource Officers and Girls of Color

Added Monday, October 02, 2017 by Action Alliance

As the numbers of police in our schools steadily increase, so do the disproportionate rates of discipline against girls of color. In recognition of this reality, Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality and the National Black Women’s Justice Institute conducted focus groups and interviews primarily in the South with girls of color and police officers to gather first-hand information about their interactions. 

Based on this work, this toolkit provides guiding principles and policy recommendations that are designed to improve interactions between girls of color and SROs, with the ultimate goal of reducing these girls’ disproportionate rates of contact with the juvenile justice system.