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Identifying the signs and symptoms of trauma is the first step for a responding officer in an effective initial interaction with victims of sexual assault. Building a supportive rapport with the victim impacts the victim’s recovery and engagement in the investigation and prosecution.
Engaging Victims in Investigation
Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.