Law Enforcement

Role of Law Enforcement
The primary responsibility of law enforcement is to determine whether a report of sexual assault meets the elements of a crime. This involves documenting a factual history of the assault by collecting statements by the victim, witness/es, and suspect/s as well as physical and other corroborative evidence.

In cases where a report of sexual assault does not meet the elements of a crime, law enforcement should assist the victim with referrals or information on services that may be available in the community.

Law enforcement response should be victim-centered, but offender-focused.


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Law Enforcement Resources

End Violence Against Women International

International Association of Chiefs of Police

Sexual Assault Training and Investigations

Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women

Maryland Sex Offender Advisory Board, 2010 Annual Report