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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. 
OLTI Module on Forensic Compliance

EVAWI has developed a module in the OnLine Training institute (OLTI) dedicated to forensic compliance, entitled The Earthquake in Sexual Assault Response: Implementing VAWA Forensic Compliance. This training module is designed to increase understanding of the forensic compliance provisions in the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which require that sexual assault victims be provided a medical forensic examination free of charge and regardless of whether they personally report to law enforcement or participation in the criminal justice process. This module also provides extensive resources and tools to assist local communities in their implementation efforts.

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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