This VAWnet resource page provides a list of online resources focusing on legal and policy issues for sexual violence survivors and those working to assist survivors by improving the system response to sexual violence. It includes: links to US resources that are national in scope, links to civil legal resources, a collection of on-line documents, manuals and articles about the response to sexual violence, and, legislation regarding sexual assault, childhood sexual assault and sex offenders.
 
Legal & Policy Sexual Violence Resources

The following fact sheet offers questions and answers regarding anonymous reporting and forensic exmaniations. Some questions included are:

- What is a "Jane Doe Rape Kit"?
- Who has to comply with VAWA 2005 requirement regarding forensic examination?
- How long are states required to keep forensic examination collection kits?
 
Frequently Asked Questions: Anonymous Reporting and Forensic Examinations

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) hosted a focus group in Green Bay, Wisconsin to discuss challenges to, and opportunities for, collaboration between states and tribes in Public Law 280 jurisdictions to address sexual assault in Indian country. The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) provided technical assistance and collaborated with OVW on the design and delivery of the session.
 
Focus Group on Public Law 280 and the Sexual Assault of Native Women

This document provides a historical examination of the first ten years of the Violence Against Women Act, with an emphasis on current gaps in public policy related to sexual violence.
The Violence Against Women Act and Its Impact on Sexual Violence Public Policy: Looking Back and Looking Forward

This report examines a study conducted to obtain national estimates of the occurrence of IPV-related injuries, to estimate their costs to the health care system, and to recommend strategies to prevent IPV and its consequences.
 
Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States

In this issue of Connections, the focus is on sex offender management, which moves advocacy beyond the time of sentencing to the point where an offender is returning to the community. This work is, at heart, about supporting survivors and increasing community safety.
 
Connections: Advocacy & Sex Offender Management

This chapter of ICASA’s manual on facts and statistics includes information on the economic costs of sexual violence.
 
By the Numbers: Cost of Sexual Violence

The cost of crime to victims is an estimated $450 billion a year when factors such as medical costs, lost earnings, pain suffering, and lost quality of life are considered. Rape is the most costly to its victims, totaling $127 billion a year. The average rape or attempted rape costs $5,100 in tangible, out-of-pocket expenses. Medical and mental health care to victims represents the bulk of expenses. Adding to the impact a rape has on the victim's quality of life, the average rape costs $87,000 annually.
Victim Costs and Consequences: A New Look

The 19th annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. It reflects extensive investigative work undertaken in 2008 by Human Rights Watch staff, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the country in question.
World Report 2009

This report published by the Justice Policy Institute explores the negative impact that state compliance with the Adam Walsh Act will have on youth, communities, and states. Registering Harm: How Sex Offense Registries Fail Youth Communities

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