The Law Enforcement Domestic Violence Advocacy Program (LEDVA) is a collaborative program between the Bismarck Police Department and the Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC). The goal is to provide a network of services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by bridging the gap between victim services and the criminal justice system.
The LEDVA role is to keep in close contact with the Police Department by receiving reports involving domestic violence and sexual assault offenses. Subsequently, LEDVA makes contact with the victim by mail and/or phone to offer services provided by the AARC. LEDVA is also responsible for training new officers on domestic violence and sexual assault issues.