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Evaluation of a Victim-Centered, Trauma-Informed Victim Notification Protocol for Untested Sexual Assault Kits (SAKs)

NCJ Number
253156
Date Published
2018
Length
22 pages
Author(s)
Rebecca Campbell; Jessica Shaw; Giannina Fehler-Cabral
Agencies
NIJ-Sponsored
Publication Type
Research (Applied/Empirical), Report (Study/Research), Report (Grant Sponsored), Program/Project Evaluation, Program/Project Description
Grant Number(s)
2011-DN-BX-0001
Annotation
This study evaluated a victim-centered, trauma-informed victim notification protocol that was implemented in Detroit, Michigan.
Abstract
Throughout the United States, hundreds of thousands of sexual assault kits (SAKs) have not been submitted by the police for forensic DNA testing, which raises complex issues regarding how victims ought to be notified about what happened to their kits. The current evaluation of the Detroit victim notification protocol found that most victims (84 percent) did not have a strong negative emotional reaction to notification, and most (57 percent) decided to re-engage with the criminal justice system. Victims of non-stranger sexual assaults were less likely to re-engage post-notification compared with victims of stranger rape. (publisher abstract modified)
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