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NCJ Number: 249247 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Assault Kits: Using Science To Find Solutions
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: September 2015
Page Count: 22
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: HTML|PDF
Type: Issue Overview; Legislation/Policy Analysis; Program/Project Description; Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document (Online); Web Page/Site
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report reviews the features and functions of sexual assault kits (SAKs) and discusses lessons learned from research sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) regarding the effective use and efficient processing of SAKs.
Abstract: NIJ, the scientific research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, supports a range of studies related to sexual assault, notably research on the processing and testing of SAKs. NIJ has worked with a number of cities (New Orleans, Detroit, Houston, and others) in promoting constructive change in how SAKs are managed in the course of sexual assault investigations. This report features descriptions of NIJ-funded research on these issues in the Houston and Detroit law enforcement agencies. This research has identified a number of areas that require attention in the management of sexual assault cases. One issue is how law enforcement, prosecutors, victims’ services, medical professionals, and forensic laboratories cooperate in testing large numbers of SAKs. A second issue is what should be considered when developing a database for tracking evidence that goes to a lab for testing. A third focus is on who should be trained to understand the trauma of sexual assault victims and how to address their needs. Another concern is the development of a written, victim-centered and trauma-informed victim notification protocol for both current sexual assault cases and cases that have untested SAKs. Research has also shown the importance of police working with victim advocates and community services to improve the investigation and victim notification process in sexual assault cases. A listing of resources and Federal funding opportunities
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Interagency cooperation; Investigative techniques; Michigan; Rape evidence kits; Rape investigation training; Rape investigations; Sex offense investigations; Texas; Victim Services Notification
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