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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. 
Forensic Compliance Update (April 2012)

This Powerpoint Presentation was given at the 2012 EVAWI conference in San Diego, California. It was presented by Joanne Archambault and Kim Lonsway of EVAWI, in conjunction with Kim Day, SAFE Technical Assistance Coordinator at the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). It was adapted from an earlier version presented as a series of webinars (which are archived here), and it presents the results of a survey of multidisciplinary professionals regarding the practices they have implemented to achieve compliance with the forensic compliance provisions of VAWA 2005. Topics address exams and evidence, payment mechanisms, victim information and options, documentation and case tracking, data collection, and victim notification.

Cambria District Attorney Letter to Colleagues

The District Attorney of Cambria County, Pennsylvania sent out a letter to professionals encouraging them to attend a full-day training session to familiarize them with a new Sexual Assault Protocol, which included a new method for Anonymous Reporting of Sexual Assault. The letter offers a model for similar outreach efforts for multidisciplinary professionals involved in the criminal justice and community response system.

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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