As forensic science becomes more complex, it is increasingly important to communicate the validity of findings, but scientific and legal ethics aren’t always a perfect match. Researchers and legal experts are working to transform this developing field to improve accuracy and understanding.

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NIJ convened a working group of experts to develop recommendations for the accurate, timely and effective collection and processing of sexual assault evidence. The draft document, “National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach,” is available for public comment until September 2, 2016.

Review the Federal Register Notice to acces the draft and learn how to provide comments .

Seminar Recording

Watch the recording of our recent seminar detailing the Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men large-scale survey of violence using behaviorally specific questions on psychological aggression, coercive control and entrapment, physical violence, stalking, and sexual violence.

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Research for the Real World

Seminar: Preventing Gun Violence, August 24, 2016

This seminar will explore police practices for responding to gun violence and the extent to which they are contributing to reductions in violent incidents. Come learn about promising practices for developing multi-disciplinary partnerships to align violence reduction efforts.

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