To implement AIR, the law enforcement agency or agencies in your community need to enter into a written agreement with your program. Adapting the working agreement (see Templates) typically involves several meetings between the community-based advocacy group and law enforcement to negotiate the details of who informs the advocacy program of the case, what information is provided, and when.

Once the working agreement is finalized, an individual responding officer:

  • informs the victim (without the offender’s knowledge) that the advocacy program will call her for follow-up conversation and information
  • informs her that she does not have to talk to the advocate, but they will call
  • collects phone numbers where the victim can be reached, clarifying whether it is safe to leave messages or talk with someone else who may answer the phone

Then, either during the response or as soon as possible after the response, the law enforcement agency provides this information to the community-based advocacy program, as well as information about the offender, and a basic overview of the incident.

Note: State laws related to data privacy vary. Consult with your state/tribal/territory coalition and local interagency team members to establish the safest and most effective way to facilitate advocacy contact with the victim.