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This document provides an overview of different DNA testing methods—such as short tandem report (STR), Y-chromosome, and mitochondrial DNA testing—to provide support for choosing the most appropriate DNA test. In addition, common elements of forensic DNA reports are discussed to provide a basic understanding of interpretation.
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.