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    An Intersectional Response to Victims from Marginalized Communities

    In December of 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced new guidance designed to help law enforcement agencies (LEAs) prevent gender bias in their response to sexual assault and domestic violence. “One critical part of improving LEAs’ response to allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence is identifying and preventing gender bias in policing practices. Gender bias in policing practices is a form of discrimination that may result in LEAs providing less protection to certain victims on the basis of gender, failing to respond to crimes that disproportionately harm people of a particular gender or offering reduced or less robust services due to a reliance on gender stereotypes. Gender bias,…