The Backlog:


In April 2014, Virginia enacted legislation that requires law enforcement agencies to conduct and report an inventory of the untested kits in their custody to the Department of Forensic Science. The Department was to submit a report to the General Assembly summarizing the results of the statewide inventory on or before July 1, 2015. 

In July 2015, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science released their findings from the legislatively mandated audit of "PERKs," or physical evidence recovery kits, reporting that the state has 2,369 untested rape kits. More than 99% of the state's law enforcement agencies responded to the audit by June 30th, with nearly two-thirds saying they had no untested kits in their custody. In response to the state's inventory of untested kits, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that he is forming a multi-disciplinary group to evaluate the backlog. This group will include victim advocates, law enforcement, lawyers and forensic nurses.

In September 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia was awarded $1,399,989 in funding to test 2,034 rape kits.

While this law allows us to have a more accurate picture of the backlog in Virginia, the legislature must take additional steps to provide survivors with greater access to justice, including requiring the testing of all rape kits booked into evidence. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

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In Testing
Not Cleared

*As reported by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in July 2015.

  • Reform Status

Tracking Testing Victim Notification
No Known Reform
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In November 2013, an 8News investigation uncovered 75 rape kits sitting in the evidence room at the Richmond Police Department and 125 kits at the Chesterfield County Police Department. The Henrico County Police Division was unable to provide an inventory of untested kits in its custody. 

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