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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:

  • Help police officers to identify and respond to the needs of victims
  • Improve law enforcement officers' communication with victims
  • Reduce the repeat domestic abuse incidents within the same household
  • Connect victims to critical support services

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:

PREP Schedule via ZOOM Webinars
Date Time Class
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Teen Dating Abuse
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Understanding the Victim of Domestic Violence
Monday, November 9, 2020 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM Teen Dating Abuse
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Understanding the Victim of Domestic Violence

How much does PREP cost?

PREP classes are FREE. We provide materials, light refreshments, and certificate.

How do I register?

  • Registration for PREP is required. Just click here to email us.
  • Provide your name, cell number, department, and date of class you want in the email.
  • We will confirm your registration and email you the ZOOM link.

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.

Program History

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:

  • Didn't think after 25 years of service that someone could change my perspective, but this instructor really did.
  • Outstanding - an eye-opener. Recommend this class for all police departments.
  • I learned a lot more when it comes to dealing with victims and learning more about batterers.
  • PREP provided an open and honest discussion regarding domestic violence and provided an insight into what victims are going through and experience - something that is rarely taught in other police training.
  • Very informative info on the thought process of victims.
  • This should be included in the academy training for new recruits.
  • This program was clear and concise, relating very much to law enforcement duties.
  • The information was provided in a frank, thought provoking manner that allowed dialogue with the audience.
  • Felt the program was very useful. Would send others from my department.