Government Responses

"It has been this administration’s commitment to ensure law enforcement has the resources necessary to combat violence against women and bring offenders to justice. These crimes devastate lives, families and communities, but I’ve never been more hopeful about our ability to make meaningful progress in ending violence against women."
- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Many officials and lawmakers at all levels of government have begun to undertake rape kit reform efforts. Government responses to help end the backlog have included:

  • Funding for rape kit testing and building crime lab capacity
  • Funding for research to study the causes of a backlog and prevent future backlogs
  • Legislation requiring the counting and tracking of untested rape kits
  • Legislation requiring the testing of all backlogged kits
  • Policies calling for law enforcement to send all kits booked into evidence for testing in a timely manner
  • Establishing specialized police and prosecutor units to investigate cold cases and follow up on leads generated by testing backlogged kits
  • Convening multidisciplinary teams to develop and implement plans for processing untested kits and re-engaging survivors whose kits were part of the backlog

 Learn more about government responses at the federal level, state level and local level.

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