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Evaluability Assessment and Baseline Study of the Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm Program

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December 2019
184 pages
This is the Final Report of a project that conducted an evaluability assessment and baseline study of the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Victims of Crime's competitive solicitation program entitled, "Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve: Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm," referred to as the Collective Healing Initiative (CHI).

The CHI has two goals. One goal is to assist law enforcement agencies in developing, implementing, and assessing comprehensive evidence-based, trauma-informed, response strategies, protocols, and interventions that promote community engagement and healing prior to and in the wake of law-enforcement-involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence. The second goal is to develop and disseminate comprehensive, expert technical assistance resources for law enforcement agencies to facilitate a trauma-informed culture and practice, as well as to improve an agency's internal capacity to understand and process the impact of vicarious trauma and community harm. Although the CHI's demonstration sites were each expected to address harm and enhance healing in the aftermath of police-involved shootings and high-profile incidents, sites have the freedom to define what this means and develop what they envision a CHI should do in the context of each site's community. Five police agencies were selected as demonstration sites. As part of the training and technical assistance (TTA), each site has been requested to complete a series of self-assessment tools and listening sessions to identify gaps and inform the development of their local initiative. The current report provides information on the planning and early implementation phases of the CHI, reflecting each demonstration site's initiatives through mid-year 2019. 34 tables and 10 figures

Date Published: December 1, 2019