The State of Wyoming does have legislation in place defining domestic violence in the state, including same-sex romantic relationships. The Victim Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General currently collects incident-based crime data from all service providers in the state that receive state funds.
Comprehensive Needs Assessment for the Prevention of Sexual Violence
The Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) is working with the Wyoming Division of Victim Services and Wyoming's Sexual Violence Prevention Planning Committee to complete a comprehensive needs assessment of sexual violence in the state. This research involves creating an inventory of all existing data sources and indicators related to sexual violence as well as developing data profiles around important research questions. This includes profiling the perpetrators and victims of sexual violence, the types of sexual violence in Wyoming, and an exploration of possible risk and protective factors. This assessment will inform Wyoming's statewide plan to prevent sexual violence.
Domestic Violence Study
The Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) is conducting statistical analyses on the Wyoming Domestic Violence Reporting Program (WDVRP) data. This project will give Wyoming policymakers an in-depth look at domestic violence in Wyoming. The intent of this project is to conduct three types of data analysis on the 1999 - 2003 Wyoming domestic violence data, which are collected by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations. First, a thorough descriptive analysis of the 1999 - 2003 domestic violence data will be conducted. Second, a logistic regression analysis will be conducted to look at the effect of the number of prior domestic violence contacts on the responses of law enforcement officials and, ultimately, how prior domestic violence contacts influence law enforcement's decision to arrest. Third, a logistic regression analysis will be conducted to look at the effect of several incident-related variables (type of weapon, victim/offender relationship, time of day, victim or offender sex, etc.) on the type of violence a victim suffers.
Domestic Violence Intake Form Project
The Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) is also working with the Office of the Attorney General's Division of Victim Services to develop a standardized intake form. WYSAC will conduct a comprehensive needs assessment of the data collection requirements of the 24 domestic violence programs across the state. This will entail surveying each service provider organization and collecting their current intake forms for review and analysis. Once this critical information is gathered, WYSAC researchers will begin work to develop a single, standardized intake form for the providers. This will involve analyzing and synthesizing Wyoming-based information with current research on best practices in domestic violence data collection across the nation to develop a draft standardized intake form.
Domestic Violence Education Project
The Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the University of Wyoming College of Law provide a Legal Services domestic violence clinic. Each semester, four student interns are assigned to represent victims of domestic violence in obtaining family violence protection orders, stalking orders, or divorces, or in custody matters. The Legal Services Program also includes training in developing client counseling skills and representing abused women.