Children Exposed to Violence

Supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, and in partnership with Yale University Child Study Center, IACP offers no-cost training and technical assistance to local, state, federal and international law enforcement and community partners engaged in efforts to enhance their agency’s response to children exposed to violence (CEV).

This project aims to:

  • Increase understanding of CEV among law enforcement leaders and officers;
  • Equip law enforcement agency operations, policies and procedures; and  
  • Promote best practices for successful collaborations with multi-disciplinary professionals responding to CEV.

Resources in development include:

  • Responding to Children Exposed to Violence Self-Assessment Tool – designed to assist law enforcement agencies in evaluating their current policies and procedures on the identification of CEV; determining their current responses to CEV; assessing their readiness to address CEV; and evaluating their capacity to enhance or improve agency response.
  • Model Training Curriculum – based on best practices and relevant training resources that are targeted to various ranks of law enforcement. The curriculum will include information on child development, developmental responses to trauma and capacities for coping, and the role that adults can play in children’s recovery. Specific protocols may be included to guide law enforcement’s response to CEV.
  • Protecting and Serving: Law Enforcement Response to Childhood Trauma Training – this classroom training, based on the model training curriculum, will be offered to the eight Defending Childhood Initiative demonstration sites.
  • E-Learning – online training will be developed to enhance law enforcement’s identification of, and response to CEV. Possible topics may include: developmental response to violence exposure; how to identify and interact with CEV; steps law enforcement can take to address issues of CEV; how law enforcement can build partnerships with child protection/mental health agencies; and principles of developing multi-disciplinary collaborations.
  • Roll Call Videos – targeted to field officers and supervisors and will include information on identifying, interacting and responding to CEV.
  • IACP Training Key – publication examining law enforcement interactions with CEV.
  • New Publication, “Law Enforcement’s Role in Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Protecting Children” – will cover the fundamentals of child development and trauma to form the basis of law enforcement response to CEV. The publication will also discuss the benefits of cross-training and co-location approaches, and will include examples of how to participate in community collaborative programs with mental health/childhood trauma/child protection specialists to identify and respond to CEV.
  • CEV Model Policy – a new IACP Model Policy will provide information on responding to CEV and/or how to integrate recommended CEV responses into existing Model Policies.
  • CEV Pocket Guide for Patrol Officers (Template) – will identify steps to take, for first responders, when coming into contact with CEV.

For more information on IACP’s CEV training and technical assistance services for law enforcement and community partners, please email us at or call

1-800-THE-IACP x 802.