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Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence

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This report presents two sample protocols for notifying sexual assault victims of the results of the delayed testing of evidence in their sexual assault kits (SAKs), based on the work of multidisciplinary teams that were part of NIJ (National Institute of Justice) grants to Detroit, MI, and Houston, TX, for the purpose of developing plans to manage previously untested SAK evidence.
Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
Date Created: March 22, 2016