This guide delineates the benefits of forming a multidisciplinary team (MDT) of professionals from law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medicine, counseling, and related fields to investigate cases of child abuse and neglect. It offers guidance on convening team participants, writing a mission statement, establishing protocols, promoting teamwork, and preventing burnout and addresses the importance of confidentiality policies, conflict resolution practices, and periodic review. The guide also includes an extensive list of related readings and contact information for organizations that offer training and technical assistance to MDT's.
 
Forming a Multidisciplinary Team to Investigate Child Abuse

This online guide provides: 
• An overview of the OJP grant process for competitive and non-competitive programs;
• Tips on how to find funding opportunities and write strong applications;
• A description of the application review process and;
• Links to other resources, including the OJP Financial Guide and sample application materials.

This report summarizes findings from a study about the cirminal justice system's approach to immigrant victims of crime and barriers that prohibit immigrants from reporting crimes.
 
Immigrant Populations as Victims: Toward a Multicultural Criminal Justice System

This guide is a part of the Critical Issues in Policing Series and offers information and tools based on updated statistical findings on prevalence and incidence of sexual assault, changes in crime reporting definitions, special considerations in working with cases of sexual violence, and feedback from advocates on the benefits of incorporating external review.

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The April 2011 issue of the Justice Resource Update newsletter includes information on addressing youth violence, sexual assault kit researchers, information and resources for Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs), and information the prevalence of violence in the workplace.

This statement from the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence discusses legislative solutions proposed to address the backlog of sexual assault forensic exam kits. It lists the essential elements needed to resolve this issue through legislation.

This statement discusses Philadelphia Monsignor being found guilty of child endangerment in a 2012 Philadelphia, Pa case and the key responsibilities of adults in leadership positions to prevent sexual violence. 

This National Institute of Justice Special Report addresses the question of why backlogs of DNA evidence awaiting testing persist even after the federal government has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to eliminate them. Answering this question requires understanding both what a backlog is and how backlogs can be reduced; this report provides that understanding. (NCJ 230183)

This report describes the successes and challenges of reducing backlogs of DNA evidence in the nation’s crime laboratories and describes some of the solutions that are increasing lab efficiencies. Data was collected from more than 120 public laboratories that receive grants under NIJ’s DNA Backlog Reduction Program.

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Sexual violence -- including rape, child sexual abuse, and sexual harassment -- is a complicated topic to understand. There are many fears, myths and stereotypes that abound. We understand that reporting on these topics is a difficult task and we appreciate the media’s commitment to doing so with integrity. As a result, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has created a packet for journalists about reporting on sexual violence.

 

As members of the media, journalists play a critical role in illuminating the truth for people. Well-written, fact-based stories that place a particular incident in a broader context can go a long way toward educating the public. A well-informed public can help ensure appropriate responses and services for victims; accountability and treatment for those who abuse others; and can strengthen the prevention strategies of organizations and communities. This fact sheet discusses crime reports made on sexual violence.

 

This fact sheet is a part of our full Media Packet which offers 6 resources answering common questions about sexual violence.

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