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NCJ Number: 239602 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examination Research Forum: Summary of Research Questions Identified
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: March 2012
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Conference Material; Issue Overview; Legislation/Policy Description; Program/Project Description
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This forum - sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) - explored gaps in research related to the technical aspects of sexual assault medical forensic examination (SAMFE), so as to identify what research is needed to bring a stronger evidence base to the SAMFE.
Abstract: Evidence-based SAMFE practices are essential for the standardization of practices across jurisdictions and the effectiveness of the examination process in facilitating victim healing, case investigation, and prosecution. The forum focused on the following topics: types of evidence collected; examination technology; standardizing the evidence kit; evolving DNA technology; and the potential use and logistics of telemedicine during the examination. The forum discussion was limited to adult/adolescent victim examination and issues applicable at the national level. Forum participants included sexual assault forensic examiners (SAFE), victim advocates, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, forensic laboratory personnel, researchers, Federal agency personnel, and one sexual assault survivor. Participants were asked to identify SAMFE technical practice concerns and challenges, research gaps, unique issues, and relevant research questions. This diverse group of participants was supportive of the “translational criminology” approach to research. This is a strategy for transforming criminal justice through research. By bringing evidence to bear on crime policies and practices, researchers can build a bridge between research findings and the challenges of countering crime and improving justice. Appended list of participants and the forum agenda
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Criminal justice system effectiveness; Evidence-Based Practices; Evidence-Based Programs; Investigative techniques; NIJ Resources; Police effectiveness; Rape investigations; Research programs; Research uses in policymaking; Sex offense investigations; Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs; Sexual assault trauma; Sexual assault victims
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