“National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach” (NIJ)

From the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), “National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach” includes 35 recommendations that were designed to assist medical professionals, law enforcement, victim advocates, prosecutors and laboratories in implementing coordinated, collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to sexual assault investigations. The recommendations are rooted in a victim-centric, multi-disciplinary approach that encourages victim engagement and increases the potential for legal resolutions. They provide a roadmap for collecting, transferring, preserving, storing and analyzing sexual assault kits in order to help improve practices and protocols related to evidence inventory, tracking and audits, and communication systems. Learn more about the report and read the full text here.