The North Carolina Department of Justice (NC DOJ) was awarded a $2-million SAKI grant in FY2018. The funding has been used to complete their sexual assault kit (SAK) inventory; develop a comprehensive, statewide approach for addressing previously unsubmitted SAKs; and increase trauma-informed sexual assault investigations and prosecutions.
Through their SAKI award, NC DOJ has convened regular multidisciplinary team meetings with representatives from across the state and from many different professional backgrounds; these meetings have involved discussions about project progress and about developing guidance regarding cold case sexual assault investigations for local jurisdictions. As of September 2020, the NC DOJ SAKI team had developed victim notification protocols and held trainings across the state to educate law enforcement personnel, district attorneys, and victim advocates about this new protocol.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2018||$2,000,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
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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.