Forensic evidence, especially DNA, is an important investigative tool that can assist investigation and prosecution of violent crime, whether the suspect is known or unknown. Forensic evidence may prove sexual contact, identify offenders, link suspects to crime scenes, connect cases, and reveal offender patterns. Discover tools that can improve the understanding of the value of forensic evidence and create policies to effectively use forensic evidence in sexual assault cases.
Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.