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NCJ Number: 251060 Find in a Library
Title: National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Article)
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: July 2017
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Instructional Material; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Summary); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article summarizes the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) recent publication entitled, “National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach,” which presents recommendations for the contents, testing, and use of sexual assault kits (SAKs) in a victim-centered processing of sexual assault cases.
Abstract: This publication contains 35 recommendations from NIJ’s expert working group. These recommendations emphasize the use of a multidisciplinary team that gives priority to the development and implementation of a case management procedure that gives priority to supporting victims throughout the criminal justice process. The recommendations resulted from the work of NIJ. A collaborative, informed, and sensitive approach to sexual assault investigations assists in reassuring and supporting victims of sexual violence, improves victim engagement in facilitating healing, and increases the potential for just resolutions in such cases. Although jurisdictions vary in their needs and resources, the recommendations can provide a “roadmap” for agencies in the development or improvement of their policies and protocols for untested sexual assault kits, which can hold critical evidence for obtaining justice and some resolution for the victim. This article provides online access to the full report.
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Case management; Evidence collection; Evidence-Based Practices; Investigative techniques; Multidisciplinary Teams; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Rape evidence kits; Sexual assault; Victim reactions to the Criminal Justice System
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