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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Two Cities Develop Guidance for Notifying Victims About SAK Testing
teams in Detroit and Houston developed protocols for notifying victims in cases
where the sexual assault kit had not previously been - but was now being -
tested for DNA evidence. In this National Institute of Justice-supported
research project, the teams worked to ensure that a victim-centered,
trauma-informed approach was used to minimize re-traumatization. For this
brochure, NIJ partnered with the Office for Victims of Crime to share the
principles that guided these two jurisdictions as they notified victims after a
large number of previously untested sexual assault kits were tested. To read
the brochure, go to https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/249153.pdf.