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Report: Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits

National Institute of Justice

A report is available that identifies best practices to assist jurisdictions and organizations in the development of protocols to address issues that arise in the course of working with sexual assault evidence.

National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach, recommends best practices to improve the response to sexual assault from initial victim disclosure through laboratory testing. The National Institute of Justice report lists 35 recommendations that can provide a roadmap for a victim-centered approach that considers the best available practices for collecting, transferring, preserving, storing, and analyzing sexual assault kits.

The recommendations apply to medical professionals, law enforcement, victim advocates, prosecutors and laboratories. A working group was formed and created the report in response to the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act of 2013, which recommends the development of best practices and protocols for the collection and processing of DNA evidence in sexual assault cases.

To read the report, click here.

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