Police Response Enhancement Program (PREP)
PREP is a series of workshops designed to help law enforcement personnel effectively identify and respond to victims of domestic violence.
The goals of PREP are to:
PREP is NOT a technical legal training; it IS a program that addresses the issue from a victim's perspective and provides practical information for effective intervention.
Where is PREP Offered?
PREP is open to all law enforcement professionals in New Jersey. Due Covid-19 restrictions on indoor gatherings, we are offering PREP via ZOOM webinars through the end of the year. Below are the webinar dates and topics:
How much does PREP cost?
PREP classes are FREE. We provide materials, light refreshments, and certificate.
How do I register?
Brief of Overview of PREP Topics
Understanding the Victim
Discussion of the dynamics of domestic violence; the emotional and behavioral impact on victims; local and national statistics; risk assessments; safety planning; societal/cultural issues that impact a victim's decision-making; and a review of local resources for referral and support.
The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
Discussion of emotional and developmental impact of domestic violence on children from birth to age 18; appropriate intervention techniques to use with children on the scene; supporting the non-offending parent; safety planning; how batterer behavior harms children; and resources for referral.
Insights on Batterer Behavior
Discussion of how battering is used to maintain power and control over a victim; societal/media impact on battering behavior; standard characteristics of the batterer; strategies for dealing with someone who batters; current intervention techniques used to work with batterers; and theories regarding batterers who murder their partners.
Teen Dating Abuse
Learn effective intervention techniques to help teens (victims and abusers); identify resources for support; discuss the warning signs that a teen may be a victim or an abuser; and understand the unique barriers teens face concerning disclosure.
To date, 2,516 law enforcement professionals from 207 police departments in 13 counties in New Jersey have participated, with 98% of them reporting that they enhanced their intervention abilities and would recommend the program to colleagues.
In addition, CRT (Crisis Response Team) callouts in Union County increased by 10% during the period when PREP was being conducted over the same time period for the prior year. Comments from PREP participants on confidential program evaluations include: