On July 6, 2015 this colaiton letter was delivered to Attorney General Lynch and also shared with several senior officials within DOJ. The letter asks the Department of Justice to issue guidance on gender-biased policing of sexual assault and domestic violence cases. 186 organizations (88 national groups and 98 state and local groups) signed on to the letter, including USHRN.
"These types of discriminatory police practices – ignoring abuses committed by officers, refusing to enforce established laws, misclassifying or dismissing domestic violence or sexual assault complaints, inadequate training and supervision – often stem from stereotypes and misapprehensions about domestic violence and sexual assault. This type of gender-biased policing is deeply harmful because it undermines efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault, reduces confidence in the criminal justice system, and furthers the perpetuation of violence by discouraging victims from coming forward and allowing abusers to continue to commit crimes with impunity"