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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. 

Case Conversion Instructions and Forms

EVAWI’s template materials for non-investigative reporting include instructions and forms to document a victim’s choices among a variety of options for the response of health care providers and law enforcement officials. Language and documentation are therefore included to guide victims through the process of case conversion. Similar language is provided in the Minnesota Model Policies for Forensic Compliance.

Sample forms are also available for documenting a victim’s consent to release evidence from a medical forensic exam to law enforcement for use in a standard investigative process. Examples are provided from (1) the Texas Department of Public Safety, (2) Duluth, Minnesota, and (3) the Trauma Recovery Center at the University of California, San Francisco.

Archived Webinar

An archived webinar is available on the EVAWI website, entitled Prosecuting Converted Cases. It addresses a range of issues such as: “What should we call these cases?” “How are they viewed?” “How should they be investigated?” “How do we overcome challenges for prosecution?”

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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