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NCJ Number: 250194 Find in a Library
Title: Progress on Testing Sexual Assault Kits
Author(s): Kim Murga; Elynne Greene; Lora Cody; Wesley Duncan; Joseph Lombardo; James Sweetin; Daniele Dreitzer
Date Published: September 2016
Page Count: 3
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: Agency Summary|HTML (Transcript)|HTML (YouTube)|VIDEO (00:07:50)
Agency Summary: 
Type: Presentation (Multimedia) ; Program/Project Description; Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document (Online); Video (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video and its transcript from the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) Research for the Real World Seminars presents the Nevada Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Working Group’s report on how they are addressing backlogged untested sexual assault kits.
Abstract: The team emphasizes the importance of using a multidisciplinary, victim-centered approach in addressing complex issues that arise in responding to sexual assault. It also notes the importance of using available resources, including research and Federal support from NIJ, in making progress toward processing untested sexual assault kits. Among the issues discussed by team members is an electronic audit to determine how many untested sexual assault kits were in police custody (6,500 untested kits were identified in 2010-11). All team members speak of the importance of a respectful and empathetic interaction with persons who report being sexually assaulted, even though a significant amount of time may have elapsed since the sexual assault kit entered evidence storage. Also mentioned by the team is the importance of consulting the NIJ-FBI partnership that is focusing on testing sexual assault kits and creating national protocols on how best to handle the testing of the kits. The Nevada team includes the Nevada attorney general (the group leader) and representatives of law enforcement, prosecution, medical experts, forensic experts, and mental health experts. Team members emphasize using a victim-centered approach so as to cause minimal trauma to the victims.
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Case processing; Multidisciplinary Teams; Nevada; Police-victim interaction; Prosecutor-victim interaction; Rape evidence kits; Sex offense investigations; Sexual assault victims; Victim services; Victim Services Notification
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