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New Protocol for Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners

Cover of National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic ExaminationsThe Violence Against Women Act of 2000 required the Department of Justice to develop a national protocol for sexual assault forensic examinations. This task was delegated to the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), which convened experts in health care, criminal justice, forensic science, and victim advocacy to contribute to the protocol. The goals of the protocol are twofold: 1) to ensure that all victims, whatever their background or wherever they are treated, receive the same high-quality medical and forensic examination and are treated with respect and compassion; and 2) to improve prosecution of sexual assault cases through the appropriate collection of evidence. The National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations is currently available on the OVW Web site (http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/ovw/206554.pdf) and through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. National training standards for sexual assault medical forensic examinations are being developed for use in conjunction with the protocol.

1. United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victim Survey, Criminal Victimization 2003, September 2004. http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/cv03.pdf

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