Additional SVJI Projects

Sexual Assault Audit and Technology Integration Project

In recent years, an increasing amount of public attention has been placed on how the criminal justice system has handled sexual assault cases. Much of this interest has focused specifically on law enforcement agencies, stemming from questions about case classifications and the startlingly low number of sexual assault cases being fully investigated and referred for prosecution. For more background, see the Police Executive Research Forum's report Improving the Police Response to Sexual Assault here.

In this project, SVJI is partnering with a local law enforcement agency to learn about their current response to sexual assault and identify opportunities for improvement as part of their commitment to excellence. The Hastings Police Department stepped forward as a leader to engage in the learning process, agreeing to work with SVJI to study the nexus between sexual assault investigations, case file documentation, and case outcomes.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Leah Lutz, SVJI Program Manager, at 651.209.9993, Ext.7447 or by email. For more information about the Audit and Technology Integration project, click here.

Trauma Informed Services

The Sexual Violence Justice Institute has partnered with the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice to explore the concept of trauma-informed services and its current application with victims of violence and abuse.

In this special two-year project, SVJI will focus on learning the degree to which there is consensus among practitioners and experts on what trauma-informed services encompass and when, where, and how it should be applied to work with victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The result of the study will be a report to the Office on Violence Against Women.

For more information regarding SVJI’s Trauma-Informed Project or to learn how to get involved, click here. If you have questions about the project, please contact Leah Lutz, SVJI Program Manager, at 651.209.9993, Ext.7447 or by email.

MN Model Protocol for Response to Sex Trafficking

The Safe Harbor Statewide Model Protocol Project is led by SVJI in cooperation with the Ramsey County Attorney's Office and community partners. The 18-month project is focused on developing a model statewide protocol that can be adapted in communities throughout the state. Using a victim-centered approach, the protocol will address issues affecting prosecution, law enforcement, health care, advocacy, social services, child protection/child welfare, schools and corrections.

See For Minnesota's Sexually Exploited Youth, a document from the Minnesota Department of Health.

For further information, contact Caroline Palmer, Law & Policy Manager at 651.209.9993 x7445, visit the Safe Harbor Minnesota web page at the Department of Health or the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force website.

Sart Case Review Resources Project

The Sexual Violence Justice Institute at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (SVJI @ MNCASA) has been funded by the Office of Violence Against Women for the SART Case Review Resources Project.  This project will lead two sexual assault response teams (SARTs) through the review of law enforcement sexual assault case files.  This project will build SART capacity to understand their local response and analytically process law enforcement case files.  This process will then be shared throughout the state and nationally with SARTs so they are able to effectively conduct periodic case file reviews.  From this review, law enforcement will gain “tools” to aid them in their complex task of creating a case file that articulates the entire context of a sexual assault and paints a clear picture for prosecution deliberation. For more information about the SART Case Review Project, click here. If you have questions about the project, please contact Jessica Van Iperen at 651.209.9993 x7455.



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