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DNA Evidence: Critical Issues for Those Who Work With Victims

Improvement in the use of DNA evidence is a critical issue for victims. As the technology advances and DNA evidence is used to solve recent criminal cases, reinvestigate old cases, and identify victims, the criminal justice system must recognize and manage the residual effects these actions may have on victims. This project will develop a training video for victim advocates, criminal justice practitioners, and others who have contact with victims whose crimes were solved using DNA evidence. The video will highlight a range of issues related to DNA evidence that are critical for victims, including the definition of DNA, its value, how it is used, and what victims can expect during the DNA testing process. The video also will highlight the collection and preservation of evidence, the crime's impact on victims, victim notification at points along the collection and testing process, and victim participation in the process.

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