NIJ Uses Science to Find Solutions to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits

Effective sexual assault responses requires regular communication, collaboration, and cooperation among all the stakeholders. Practitioners from law enforcement, district attorneys’ offices, forensic science, medical and mental health, and victim-support services who work together can improve responses to sexual assault. NIJ-funded research is being used to continually improve the effectiveness of our nation’s response to sexual assault.

A webpage published on September 10, 2015 — Sexual Assault Kits: Using Science to Find Solutions — provides background on sexual assault kits, DNA testing, information on action research projects in Houston and Detroit, and next steps for dealing with unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

You can visit the website here or download a PDF of the document here.

 
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Court Case Update

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