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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. 
SAFE Payment Map

Many professionals have questions about the laws in their own state or territory, pertaining to forensic compliance and payment for sexual assault medical forensic exams.  Answers can be found in the document entitled, Summary of Laws and Guidelines with Charts:  Payment of Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations.  This document was created by AEquitas:  The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, in collaboration with EVAWI.  You can download the whole 228-page document, which includes the laws and guidelines for each U.S. state and territory, as well as a number of charts summarizing the provisions.  For an overview, you can also download the 13-page Summary of Laws and Guidelines.

Alternatively, you can click on the map below, to see the laws in your own state or territory.  After you click, you will see a prompt to “View Document” which will allow you to view or print.

• Payment for exams                      • Payment method
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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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