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NCJ Number: 250066 Find in a Library
Title: Use of Forensic Evidence in Sexual Assault Investigations: Perceptions of Sex Crimes Investigators
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:Online  Dated:April 2016
Author(s): T. A. Menaker; B. A. Campbell; W. Wells
Date Published: April 2016
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2011-DN-BX-0002
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used qualitative data to describe the way investigators from the Houston Police Department (Texas) use DNA evidence during investigations of sexual assaults.
Abstract: Despite the potential value of DNA evidence for criminal investigations and prosecution, there is a limited understanding of the way forensic evidence is used and its impact on case outcomes. Results of the current study show DNA evidence has limited influence during investigations, and the value of DNA evidence is shaped by other evidentiary factors. The findings provide insight into the utility of DNA evidence, instances when DNA evidence is least and most useful, the importance of DNA evidence in comparison with other evidence, and the likely aggregate impact of DNA evidence across sexual assault cases. 58 references (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): DNA Typing; Investigative techniques; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Police attitudes; Rape investigations; Sex offense investigations; Texas
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