SAKI awarded the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia a $2-million grant in FY2016, which they used to inventory, submit, and test sexual assault kits. They also used the funds to implement a new Physical Evidence Recovery Kit tracking system; cover training costs; and designate a survivor support specialist, research assistant, and project manager.
In FY2019, SAKI awarded the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia an additional $950,390 in funding to support the investigation and prosecution of cold case sexual assaults; this work is being accomplished by increasing the training, awareness, outreach, and use of trauma-informed investigation techniques. Virginia has used these funds to support multiple positions, including an investigator and a victim advocate.
In FY2020, SAKI awarded the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia an additional $2,084,762 in SAKI funding to strengthen capacity to investigate and prosecute cold case sexual assaults through conducting a statewide inventory of partially tested sexual assault kits (SAKs), outsource testing and technical review of up to 500 partially tested SAKs, and continue oversight of the Physical Evidence Recovery Kit tracking system. The funding will also be used to hire intelligence analysts within its Unsolved Violent Crimes and Cold Case Unit to assist investigations, examine unsolved sexually motivated homicide cases, seek advanced DNA testing in cases in which other efforts have been unsuccessful, and ensure eligible cases are entered into the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program database.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2016||$1,999,954||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2019||$950,390||Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults|
|FY2020||$2,084,762||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
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Attorney General Mark Herring announces $2 million grant to test remaining rape kits across Virginia
WRIC Newsroom, Jan 11, 2017
Virginia was awarded additional funding to complement its existing award from the District Attorney of New York. The funds will be used to test any remaining backlogged rape kits, develop a new tracking system, develop specialized training for law enforcement relating to trauma-informed victim interaction, and preventing gender bias. To learn more about the work being done in Virginia, read the full article.
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.