Maintaining engagement with a victim is crucial for success of the sexual assault case and for the victim’s recovery. Interactions from notification, re-interviewing, and case updates impact survivors’ desire to move forward with their cases. Law enforcement, prosecutors, and multidisciplinary team members can explore victim-centered and trauma-informed practices that improve survivor engagement. Positive interactions with criminal justice professionals promote victim recovery.
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.