By writing policies and practices, multidisciplinary teams and agencies create standards that improve victim care, evidence tracking, sexual assault case investigations, and the course of prosecutions. Policies that reflect best practices clarify expectations and ensure knowledge is retained during staff turnover and retirement. Explore model policies for law enforcement, advocates, forensic laboratories, prosecutor’s offices, and other partners about current and cold case sexual assault.
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.