DNA evidence is a powerful tool used to solve sexual assault cases. However, research indicates that not every sexual assault kit produces a CODIS-eligible DNA profile. Therefore, it is important to look beyond DNA when investigating sexual assault cases. Non-DNA evidence can provide investigative leads and substantiate facts to move a case forward. Agencies should establish policies that outline investigative steps for cases in which DNA is not present or does not provide a CODIS hit.
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.