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Resources for Women & Policing

Women & Policing Orgs | Progressive Law Enforcement Orgs | Domestic Violence | Research | Workplace Issues

Women & Policing Organizations

Australian Council of Women and Policing, Inc. (ACWAP)
ACWAP is a professional women's organization founded in 1997 at the first Australian Women in Policing Conference. Its goals include: creating an Australasian link in the global networking of women in policing, improving the position of women within policing, and improving the relationship between policing and women in the community.

European Network of Policewomen (ENP)
Founded at the International Conference for Policewomen in 1989, the European Network of Policewomen serves as a conduit of information for policewomen and men to "form constructive alliances in the field of equal opportunities within the police services." The non-profit group promotes research on women and policing, and holds a bi-annual conference and various seminars.

International Association of Women Police (IAWP)
The International Association of Women Police is a membership organization that works for equality for women in the criminal justice professions. Their website contains information about IAWP and its affiliate organizations, as well as history and resources on women in law enforcement.

Institute for Women in Trades, Technology, and Science (IWITTS)
IWITTS is "dedicated to introducing women into nontraditional careers by providing training and technical assistance and publications to the educational system and employers." Check out their publication on sexual harassment and fair treatment for women in policing.

Sameshield is a site dedicated to the history of women in law enforcement.

Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Inc.
Women in Federal Law Enforcement works to fully integrate women into the law enforcement profession through trainings, conferences, outreach campaigns, and research. WILFLE aims to "recruit, retain, and promote women in the law enforcement profession; to enhance the image of law enforcement in the communities we serve; to promote the value of collaborative and cooperative leadership styles."

Women & the Badge
Women & the Badge is a program on Oxygen television that gives viewers an intimate look into triumphs, struggles, and personal lives of actual women in law enforcement. Check their website for local listings.

Progressive Law Enforcement Organizations

The Miles Foundation
The Miles Foundation is a private, non-profit organization "dedicated to promoting awareness of interpersonal violence, especially as it pertains to the military." The foundation develops safety plans, provides financial support, conducts advocacy campaigns, provides referrals to attorneys and therapists, offers protective order documentation and service, develops victim impact statements, and engages witness protection programs. The Miles Foundation serves victims of violence perpetrated by or upon military personnel, including civilian spouses, intimate partners, and children.

NOBLE: The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
NOBLE was founded in 1976 at a symposium to address crime in urban, low-income areas; founded in September, 1976, during a three day symposium to address crime in urban low income areas. Black law enforcement leaders present at the symposium discussed "the critically high rate of crime in black urban communities and the socio-economic conditions that lead to crime and violence." The group was founded to present a unified voice of black law enforcement executives; NOBLE is pro-gun control, pro-hate crimes legislation, and pro-community policing.

The Sentencing Project
The Sentencing Project is an independent source of research, policy analysis, and data on criminal justice. The group promotes and develops alternative sentencing programs and advocates reform in criminal justice policy. Visit their site for quick fact sheets and extensive publications, as well as for more information on criminal justice reform.

Domestic Violence

Abuse of Power is a unique web site devoted to providing resources for victims of domestic violence whose abusers are police officers and firefighters. Content includes tactics of abuse, impact upon victims and their families and friends, dealing with the justice system, and many other topics. The site also addresses the impact on the career of the police officer who is a victim of domestic violence. The website is published by Diane Wetendorf, Inc. Diane is a national expert in this area and longtime advocate for victims of police-perpetrated domestic violence.

Feminist Majority Foundation's Violence Against Women Resources

Life Span 
Life Span is a nonprofit agency that provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their children, including domestic violence counseling, criminal court advocacy, legal representation, immigration services, hospital advocacy, public education, and systemic policy work..

Police Domestic Violence: Handbook for Victims
This handbook on police domestic violence can be ordered through Abuse of Power website; for more information on police domestic violence,  visit

National Center for Victims of Crime
This organization offers resources and information for victims of crime--from domestic violence to hate crimes to sexual assault--as well as for service providers. Get the latest information on related legislation, public policy, and litigation, or browse the Center's free online library. This site is highly recommended by FMF's National Center for Women and Policing.

STOP Domestic Violence!
STOP DV!, run by retired San Diego Police Department Sergeant Anne O'Dell, provides essential domestic violence prevention and response training for criminal justice professionals, law enforcement, probation, parole, prosecutors, judges, social services workers, advocates, military personnel and educators.


Driving While Female
This is a report by the Police Professionalism Initiative at the University of Nebraska, Omaha which documents a pattern of female drivers being stopped by male police officers and subjected to sexual harassment and assault. The study's reform recommendations rely heavily on NCWP research.

In the Line of Duty
In the Line of Duty offers information on law enforcement training and also provides "The Blotter," a great source for daily policing news from around the country.

"Recruiting and Retaining women: A self-assessment guide for law enforcement"
This self-assessment guide (presented in pdf format) is directed towards law enforcement administrators to assist agencies seeking to recruit and retain more women in sworn law enforcement positions.

Women at Ground Zero
This book is a collection of 30 stories of courageous women in law enforcement and emergency services who responded to the September 11th tragedy, and whose faces were virtually left out of the media coverage after the attack. A forward is included from the National Center for Women & Policing.

Workplace Issues

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an excellent resource for understanding workplace harassment and discrimination issues. Some of the resources they offer are:

Facts about sexual harassment

Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination

Unlawful harassment by supervisors

Facts about national origin discrimination

Facts about pregnancy discrimination

Facts about race discrimination

Federal Sector Employment Discrimination

How to file a charge of discrimination or harassment

Current Issues in Sexual Harassment

U.S.  Department of Justice
They offer numerous articles on employment discrimination, including 'What is Title VII?' and 'How do I file a charge?' Find them at: Facts about employment discrimination

U.S. Department of Labor
Offers explanations of all the laws and regulations that relate to Ethnic/National Origin, Color, Race, Religion & Sex Discrimination.

National Employment Lawyers Association
The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) was founded in 1985 to provide assistance and support to lawyers in protecting the rights of employees against the greater resources of their employers and the defense bar.

Workplace Fairness
Workplace Fairness provides information, education and assistance to workers and their advocates nationwide and promotes public policies that advance employee rights. They offer numerous publications on the topic.

The Feminist Majority Foundation
The Feminist Majority Foundation works for women's social, political and economic equality. The National Center for Women and Policing is a project of the Feminist Majority Foundation.