Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General of Virginia

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

State of Virginia with VA SAKI (Sexual Assault Kit Initiative) with Dark Green Ribbon

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) of the Virginia Office of the Attorney General (OAG), in partnership with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science (DFS) and the Virginia Department of State Police (VSP), has secured over $7 million in grant funds.  The goal of SAKI is to enhance awareness regarding the importance of testing all sexual assault kits, build the capacity for trauma-informed responses to sexual crimes through multidisciplinary collaboration, and solve cold case sexual assaults and sexually motivated homicides.

Through the SAKI grants, Virginia has achieved significant progress in addressing sexual assault cases.  The grants have allowed Virginia to accomplish the following:

  1. Establish and sustain a robust statewide multidisciplinary team since 2016, promoting collaboration among professionals from various fields involved in sexual assault cases.
  2. Develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive statewide sexual assault kit (known as Physical Evidence Recovery Kit or PERK in Virginia) tracking system in 2019, enhancing efficiency and coordination among survivors, forensic nurses, victim advocates, law enforcement agencies, and crime labs.
  3. Eliminate the backlog of unsubmitted PERKs in 2020 and ensure that all PERKs are processed moving forward.
  4. Implement a cold case victim notification protocol and offer advocacy and support to victims and families, ensuring that those affected by cold case sexual assaults receive the necessary assistance and care.
  5. Provide ongoing training and technical assistance throughout the Commonwealth to law enforcement, prosecutors, and community partners who engage with sexual assault victims. This training enhances their skills and knowledge in trauma-informed support for survivors.
  6. Conduct thorough investigations and analysis of cold case sexual assaults and sexually motivated homicides, aiming to bring justice to the victims and their families.
  7. Utilize advanced DNA testing and forensic genetic genealogy techniques to identify perpetrators and resolve previously unsolved cases.

By undertaking these initiatives, Virginia has made significant strides in improving its response to sexual assault, enhancing victim support services, and holding offenders accountable.

Survivor Resources

Virginia Resources

Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) Tracking System Victim Portal:

  • Access the PERK tracking system victim portal at: https://perk.dfs.virginia.gov
  • For assistance accessing Victim Portal, please contact the PERK Tracking System Coordinator:
    • Phone: 804-588-4050
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The PERK Tracking System is a web-based application that can be accessed from any device that is connected to the internet. The status and location of PERKs are tracked using each PERK's unique PERK ID/Barcode #. No personal identifying information is entered into the system. Virginia's PERK Tracking System includes a Victim Portal, which allows a victim to use the System to view information regarding the status and location of his/her PERK. For more information, see the Virginia Department of Forensic Science public website.

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (24/7 assistance available)

Helpline (24/7 assistance available)

LGBTQ  Helpline

Confidential PREA Reporting Hotline

  • Phone: 1-855-602-7001 (follow prompts)
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The Virginia Statewide Hotline is a space where survivors and people impacted by violence, like friends, family, professionals, and the general public, can connect with trained advocates. Advocates will listen, offer support, and connect you to resources in your area.

Virginia Victims Fund

 
The Virginia Victims Fund (VVF) is a state program created to help victims of violent crime with out-of-pocket expenses. These can include medical bills, prescriptions, funeral expenses, and many other expenses.

Latinos en Virginia Empowerment Center

 
Bilingual Hotline for Spanish-speaking victims of violence. The Hotline is operated by bilingual and bicultural staff and volunteers trained as victim advocates to receive calls from individuals seeking safety, information, and support.

Virginia Legal Aid Society

 
Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) is a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal services to eligible low-income residents. When you call, the paralegal will screen you for eligibility and instruct you on how to apply for services.

Virginia Lawyer Referral Service

 
The Virginia Lawyer Referral Service will connect you to a lawyer in your area for $35. You receive a consultation of up to a half hour.

Virginia Victim Assistance Directory

 
This directory is a searchable resource of crime victim assistance programs in Virginia and the U.S.

National Resources

Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN)

 
RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and a national leader in online crisis intervention services. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. All services are free, confidential, and available 24/7.

1 in 6 for Sexually Abused or Assaulted Men

 
Offers information and services for men with histories of unwanted or abusive sexual experiences, and anyone who cares about them.

Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Helpline:

 
DoD Safe Helpline is the sole secure, confidential, and anonymous crisis support specially designed for members of the Department of Defense community affected by sexual assault.

Survivors United

 
Advocacy, resources, and peer-to-peer support for survivors of sexual assault perpetrated by military service members.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

 
The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

The Trevor Lifeline (for young LGBTQ+ people):

 
Information and support to LGBTQ+ young people 24/7.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline:

 
SAMHSA's National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7 treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2020–AK-BX-0033 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.