Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General of Virginia

Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative

State of Virginia with VA SAKI (Sexual Assault Kit Initiative) with Dark Green Ribbon

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative of the Office of the Attorney General has secured over $6 million in grant funds, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science and the Virginia State Police, with the goal of enhancing awareness of the importance of testing all sexual assault kits, building the capacity for trauma-informed responses to sexual crimes through multidisciplinary collaboration, and solving cold case sexual assaults and sexually motivated homicides.

Grant funds have and continue to support the following:

  • Elimination of the backlog of unsubmitted sexual assault kits;
  • Training and technical assistance for law enforcement and community partners that interact with victims of sexual assault;
  • Investigative and analytical support for cold case sexual assaults and sexually motivated homicides;
  • Building, implementation, and support of the Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) Tracking System; and
  • Funding to support advanced DNA testing and forensic genetic genealogy.



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This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-AK-BX-0020 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.