Forensic Compliance Frequently Asked Questions
Note: The information on this website is designed to: (a) communicate the requirements of the Violence Against Women Act (as
reauthorized in 2005 and 2013), and (b) offer recommended practices for implementation. The goal is to highlight examples of communities striving to achieve a
higher standard of the “spirit of the law,” rather than simply meeting the “letter of the law” for VAWA forensic compliance. It is
critically important that readers consult state laws and regulations, as well as local policies and protocols, because they may have additional
requirements beyond those included in VAWA 2005 and VAWA 2013. For more information specific to your state or territory, contact the STOP Grant Administrator or coalition of advocacy organizations providing services for sexual assault victims. A listing is available from the website for the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.