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Crime in the United States

Other | January 1, 2019
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) posts extensive data and publications on a wide variety of topics related to crime in the United States – by year.

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Crime Victim Compensation: An Overview

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Crime victim compensation programs across the country offer crucial financial assistance to victims of violence. This overview provides information on how the programs operate and what victims can do to seek help.

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Crime Victims’ Rights

Training Bulletins | April 1, 2015
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EVAWI offers a 3-part series of training bulletins on Crime Victims’ Rights, providing a basic introduction to the topic and outlining the requirements for informing victims about their rights, the process for asserting those rights, and procedures to follow when victims feel their rights have been violated during a criminal or civil proceeding.

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Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project

Articles or Reports | October 29, 2002
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Cultivating SART Efficacy: Insights on the Impact of the Virginia Sexual Assault Response Team Mandate

Articles or Reports | July 1, 2017
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This report was developed as part of a national initiative to explore the impact of sexual assault response team (SART) mandates, including the formation, performance, and efficacy of SARTs, after the state of Virginia enacted a mandate in 2009. The Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI) at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault partnered with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to gather input and document as many of the legislation’s implications as possible.

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Culture Card: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness

Tools & Templates | January 1, 2009
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This reference sheet provides basic information for service providers who may be deployed or otherwise assigned to provide or coordinate services in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

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Culture, Language, and Access: Key Considerations for Serving Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2015
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This policy and practice brief summarizes the findings from Vera Institute of Justice’s work with the Deaf community and offers practical suggestions for increasing Deaf survivors’ access to victim services and other supports, including those offered by the criminal justice and medical systems. This information will provide a framework for meeting the needs of Deaf survivors that is grounded in the cultural and linguistic needs of this community. It will also ground policymakers, practitioners, and first responders in the victim services field in the realities of this often-overlooked community.

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Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Pilot Project: Report on Victims

Articles or Reports | March 1, 2016
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This report provides a description of victims involved in the 243 sexual assaults analyzed as part of the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Pilot Research Project in Ohio.

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Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Task Force: Describing the Process of Testing, Investigating, and Prosecuting Unsubmitted SAKs

Articles or Reports | March 1, 2016
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This report details the process of testing, investigating, and prosecuting thousands of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) by the Cuyahoga County SAK Task Force in Ohio.

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Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kits Pilot Project (SAK): Report on Serial and One-Time Offenders

Articles or Reports | March 1, 2016
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This report reviews data comparing serial sex offenders to one-time sex offenders as part of the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Pilot Research Project in Ohio.

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Dating Matters Initiative

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Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s teen dating violence prevention initiative. CDC developed Dating Matters®, a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention initiative based on the current evidence about what works in prevention. Dating Matters® focuses on 11 to 14 year olds in high-risk, urban communities. It includes preventive strategies for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods.

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Deliberations from the IACP National Forum on Body-Worn Cameras and Violence Against Women

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2017
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This publication is the result of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Forum on Body-Worn Cameras and Violence Against Women Victim Impact, convened in February 2016. It was designed to identify the considerations law enforcement agencies should take into account specifically regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking as they develop body-worn camera policies and programs. The forum created a dialogue between a multidisciplinary group of subject matter experts including law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates, medical personnel, and others.

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Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military (Fiscal Year 2019)

Articles or Reports | April 28, 2020
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This Annual Report provides an update on the Department of Defense’s efforts to combat sexual assault and harassment in the military force. It includes sexual assault reporting information, feedback from focus groups, and updates on efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault during Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019).

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Department of Justice

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The mission of the Department of Justice (DOJ) is to uphold the rule of law, to keep our country safe, and to protect civil rights.

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Department of Law and Public Safety Office of the Attorney General Sexual Assault Examination Process

Articles or Reports | June 19, 2019
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The New Jersey State Auditor’s Office published this report from an audit conducted by the Department of Law and Public Safety, Office of the Attorney General. The audit included an evaluation of the processing, recording, and tracking of Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Kits collected from July 10, 2014 to August 31, 2018. An additional objective was to determine the quantity of unprocessed SAFE Kits and the reasons they were not submitted for processing. This report also includes a response from the Acting Administrator of the Office of the Attorney General.

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Detection Limits for Common DFSA Drugs and Metabolites

Tools & Templates | June 1, 2017
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This reference sheet provides an overview of several common drugs used to facilitate crimes, along with their street names, and the recommended minimum performance limit. The detection limits are derived from the literature or are an estimated concentration from the use of a single dose. Further, these detection limits should be achievable using analytical instrumentation considered standard in most laboratories. This list is designed to encourage laboratories to evaluate their current capabilities, make improvements where necessary, and communicate to their customers if they cannot meet the recommended detection limits.

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Developing a SART: A Resource Guide for Kentucky Communities

Tools & Templates | January 1, 2002
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This resource guide is designed for rape crisis centers, health care providers, and other community agencies in Kentucky that are interested in starting SART programs. This resource guide discusses an Eight Step Model Process for developing a SART, SART program models, and many other issues each community must explore when implementing a program. The focus of this guide will be on responding to sexual assault victims age 14 and older. For victims under the age of 14, please contact a Child Advocacy Center in your region for more information on responding to those cases.

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Developing an Elder Abuse Case Review Multidisciplinary Team in Your Community

Articles or Reports | December 1, 2015
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The goal of this guide is to encourage and facilitate the development and growth of elder abuse case review Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs). The guide provides information about MDT structures and functions, along with common issues with which a team will need to grapple in developing a case review MDT. There is no one way to create or maintain a MDT. Therefore, this guide offers a variety of ideas, sample materials, resources, and tools intended to guide the development and sustainability of an MDT.

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Documenting the Justice Gap in Michigan

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2017
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This updated report looks at those Michigan legal aid programs that are funded by the Legal Services Corporation. It provides a comparison of the unable to serve data from 2005 to 2009 and is helpful to see that there continues to be a significant gap between the civil legal needs of the poor and the capacity of the legal system to meet those needs.

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Domestic Abuse Guidelines for Wisconsin Guardians Ad Litem: Addressing Custody, Placement, and Safety Issues

Articles or Reports | March 1, 2017
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This guidebook addresses cases that are even more challenging than “typical” guardian ad litem cases: family law cases in which domestic abuse is occurring or alleged to be occurring in the family. While domestic abuse is not present in every case you will handle as a guardian ad litem, it is still important that you consider the possibility of domestic abuse in every case you handle. You are required in every case to report to the court on evidence of domestic abuse. To accomplish this, you must know how to effectively and safely screen for domestic abuse. This guidebook will give you the tools to follow this requirement.

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Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Substance Use

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DrugRehab.com is a web resource provided and funded by Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS). Since 2015, the website has provided researched, fact-based resources for free. Readers can learn about the risks of various substances, the latest approaches to treatment and real stories of recovery on DrugRehab.com.

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Domestic Violence by Police Officers Model Policy

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This Model Policy recognizes that the profession of law enforcement is not immune from members committing domestic violence against their intimate partners or other family members. The purpose of this Model Policy is to establish procedures for handling acts of domestic violence committed by police officers and for implementing prevention strategies. This Model Policy provides police executives, officers, and all department employees guidance in addressing incidents where at least one party to a reported domestic violence incident is an employee, whether sworn or civilian, of any rank in the department.

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Domestic Violence by Police Officers: Concepts & Issues Paper

Articles or Reports | July 1, 2003
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This paper supports the Model Policy on Domestic Violence by Police Officers established by the IACP. This document conveys the philosophy and development of the policy along with implementation requirements. As law enforcement executives tailor this policy to their specific agencies, the policy will need to be redrafted in the context of existing local ordinances, provisions of union contracts and all other state and federal laws. Departments must ensure that all other related policies are updated to be consist with the provisions of this new policy and that other forms of family violence, including elder and child abuse, are addressed in a parallel manner. Although the policy speaks to police officers, it is strongly recommended that departments apply the principles to all employees whether sworn or civilian whenever appropriate.

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Domestic Violence Civil Protection Orders (CPOs)

Tools & Templates | August 1, 2016
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This resource provides information about domestic violence civil protection orders (CPOs) in each state, as of August 2016.

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Down the Road: Testing Evidence in Sexual Assaults

Articles or Reports | June 1, 2016
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This publication was developed as en effort to better understand the role of testing biological evidence in solving sexual assault cases. It reviews the results of studies supported by NIJ (as of June 2016).

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Drug-Facilitated, Incapacitated, and Forcible Rape: A National Study

Articles or Reports | July 1, 2007
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In this study, researchers interviewed 5,000 U.S. women aged 18-86. Of these, 3,001 comprised a national sample representing all U.S. women and 2,000 comprised a national sample representing women currently attending U.S. colleges and universities. The existence of both samples allowed us to examine the distinct needs of women in both community- and university-based settings to identify resources that might uniquely benefit them.

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Educating Juries in Sexual Assault Cases, Part 1: Using Voir Dire to Eliminate Jury Bias

Articles or Reports | July 1, 2010
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This article is the first in a series that explains strategies to educate juries about sexual violence facts in order to overcome common misconceptions. In addition to providing data-driven information about sexual assault based on research, journal articles, and authoritative publications, this article suggests ideas to improve jury selection techniques.

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