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NCJ Number: 250384 Add to Shopping cart 
Title: National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: August 2017
Page Count: 140
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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: Instructional Material; Report (Technical Assistance); Technical Assistance
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report by the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act Working Group presents its consensus recommendations on best practices for managing the processes for creating and processing sexual assault kits (SAKs).
Abstract: The recommendations presented are not mandated by any governing body; they are recommended best practices based on research, well-established processes from other disciplines, extensive professional experience of the working group members, and input from the public. The recommendations provide a “roadmap” for a victim-centered approach that considers the best available practices for collecting, transferring, preserving, storing, and analyzing SAKs. Issues addressed in the recommendations include evidence collection; prioritization of evidence and time periods for its collection; evidence inventory, tracking, and auditing technology solutions; investigative and policy considerations; and communication strategies. The overall intent of the 35 recommendations is to ensure that the response to sexual assaults is collaborative and fosters victim engagement in the effort to create a more responsive, efficient, and effective criminal justice system response to sexual assault. Specifically, the recommendations are designed to optimize the collection of DNA evidence, the development of CODIS-eligible DNA profiles, and the identification of investigative leads. Although jurisdictions vary in their needs and resources, these recommendations provide a starting point for the development of plans and protocols for untested SAKs. 15 exhibits, extensive references and resources, and appended supplementary guidance and principles.
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Case processing; Evidence collection; Evidence-Based Practices; Investigative techniques; Multidisciplinary Investigative Team; Multidisciplinary Teams; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ Resources; Rape evidence kits; Victim reactions to crime; Victim reactions to the Criminal Justice System; Victim services
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