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Forensic Compliance Resources

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. 
 
Office of Violence Against Women (OVW)

The Office of Violence Against Women has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions on STOP Formula Grants, and forensic compliance issues which are primarily summarized on pages 1-25 (in points #3-14). The document was updated in February 2014, so it includes provisions of VAWA 2013.

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA)

The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) has developed an excellent program to educate the public about “Non-Report Sexual Assault Examinations," including Frequently Asked Questions and a brief Public Service Announcement.

Maryland Forensic Compliance Guidelines

A statewide work group was convened by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (COCCP) in close partnership with the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA), to develop the Maryland Forensic Compliance Guidelines. Also corresponding to the Maryland guidelines is a Memorandum of Law prepared by the Sexual Assault Legal Institute within MCASA, to address Frequently Asked Questions regarding forensic compliance.

Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA)

Through a two year STOP-funded project, the Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI) at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) developed a number of materials to assist professionals in their state to achieve both the spirit and letter of the law with regard to forensic compliance. After providing basic contact information, visitors can access their document: Minnesota Model Policies for Forensic Compliance (updated November 2011) which specifically identifies ten decision points to guide local policy development. They also created an assessment survey to identify practice around the state, a Forensic Compliance Quiz for professionals, and a special forensic compliance website with information designed to address Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to how this issue is addressed in Minnesota. For more information, please contact MNCASA staff directly by emailing svji@mncasa.org or calling 800.964.8847.

California Office of Emergency Services

With the passage of a California law in 2011 to address forensic compliance issues (SB 534), the California Office of Emergency Services (formerly known as Cal EMA) promulgated an Informational Bulletin on sexual assault that was designed to address several Frequently Asked Questions.

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services has posted answers to Frequently Asked Questions on their website, regarding Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) Authorization and Payment.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2013-TA-AX-K045 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
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