Sexual Assault Kit Projects
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is committed to improving responses to sexual violence through statewide, coordinated efforts. Identifying and implementing best practices for addressing sexual assault kits (SAKs) is critical to enhancing the criminal justice response to sexual assault.
Nationwide, there has been a push to reform how sexual assault kits are addressed, legislatively and procedurally. In January 2017, the Alaska Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) was launched to evaluate approaches to sexual assault cases across our state.
Survivors of sexual assault deserve justice. DPS believes these projects and publication of their data is a way to continue strides in that direction.
Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Reports
UAA Justice Center Report
The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Justice Center is a respected, independent resource for research in the state of Alaska. The UAA Justice Center was established by the Alaska Legislature in 1975 and is a research unit in the College of Health in UAA. Their mission is to "provide statewide justice-related education, research, and service. The Justice Center is an interdisciplinary unit that provides undergraduate graduate, and professional education; conducts research in the areas of crime, law, and justice; and provides services to government units, justice agencies, and community organizations throughout urban and rural Alaska to promote a safe, healthy, and just society."
The DPS Sexual Assault Kit Initiative enlisted the services of the UAA Justice Center to conduct comprehensive research on how Alaska DPS and partners could improve their practices related to sexual assault investigation, prosecution, and victim engagement and support.