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"At Least They're Workin' on My Case?" Victim Notification in Sexual Assault "Cold" Cases

NCJ Number
304956
Journal
Journal of Interpersonal Violence Volume: 36 Issue: 9-10 Dated: 2021 Pages: 4360-4380
Author(s)
C. Sulley; et al
Date Published
2021
Length
21 pages
Annotation

Since law enforcement procedures often involve providing crime victims, including sexual assault victims, with written notification by mail about the status of their case, but little is known about the best practices for victim notification in sexual assault “cold” cases, this qualitative research explored whether this standard law enforcement practice was appropriate for sexual assault victims in “cold cases” particularly when there had been no contact from law enforcement, despite forensic evidence having been tested.

 

Abstract

Since law enforcement procedures often involve providing crime victims, including sexual assault victims, with written notification by mail about the status of their case, but little is known about the best practices for victim notification in sexual assault “cold” cases, this qualitative research explored whether this standard law enforcement practice was appropriate for sexual assault victims in “cold cases” particularly when there had been no contact from law enforcement, despite forensic evidence having been tested.

 

Date Published: January 1, 2021