Welcome to the DNA Resource Center

We are committed to raising awareness about the importance of forensic DNA as a tool to help solve and prevent crime and bring justice to victims.

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For technical assistance regarding forensic DNA and crime victims, email DNAanswers@ncvc.org.

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DNA Resource Center

The goal of the DNA Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to ensure victim service and allied professionals have accurate and up-to-date information so that they are able to provide informed and sensitive guidance to victims whose cases involve DNA evidence. Learn More.

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How is Ohio BCI handing 6000 rape kits that need testing?

December 16, 2014

In late 2011, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a statewide initiative to get previously-untested sexual assault kits (SAKs) off law enforcement departments’ shelves and into the lab for testing. Since then, 147 agencies have submitted 9,021 SAKs to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), which is handling most of the testing. Hear from David Miller, a forensic scientist, about how BCI is handling the influx of cases while maintaining current turnaround times for new cases.

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  • DNA Resources

    Visit our DNA Resources page for reports, awareness materials, and helpful links on forensic DNA.

    See the Resources Page

  • DNA Quiz

    Can you separate fact from fiction? Test your knowledge of forensic DNA.

    Take the Quiz

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    See answers to Frequently Asked Questions for victim service providers about forensic DNA.

    See the FAQ

  • Profiles in DNA

    Read interviews with survivors, innovative programs, and dedicated individuals working to secure justice for victims through their use of forensic DNA.

    Read the Profiles

  • Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Survivor Stories Report

    Read our report Sexual Assault Kit Backlogs: Survivor Perspectives from the Sexual Assault Kit Survivors' Roundtable held in Washington, DC. The Roundtable was part of the National Center’s project to ensure that backlog reduction efforts are informed by survivors and developed around their needs.

    Click HERE to read this report.

  • Seeking Victim Compensation in Sexual Assault Backlog Cases

    December 13, 2012

    Across the country, jurisdictions are moving to process previously untested sexual assault kits (SAKS), some of which had remained untested for decades. When such testing results in further investigation or the reopening of cases, victims may need counseling or other services to cope with the impact of the retesting. 

    Read More

  • Sexual Assault Statute of Limitations Resources

    October 23, 2013

    The National Center, under a grant funded by the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, is pleased to announce three new resources on sexual assault and the statute of limitations:

    View the new Sexual Assault Statute of Limitations Resources

DNA in the News

Some of the resources in the DNA Resource Center were developed with funding under cooperative agreements 2009-SZ-B9-K010, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice and 2011-TA-AX-K048, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Some of the resources in the DNA Resource Center were also developed with funding from our partner, Life Technologies.