Begun Center researchers write about victim advocacy integration on cold case investigations by the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force

Misty Luminais, Rachel Lovell, Maggie McGuire, Joanna Klingenstein, Angela Kavadas and Laura Overman, all researchers at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, wrote a piece about the impact of victim advocacy integration on cold case investigations by the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force. The authors found a shift toward victim-centeredness in the task force, as well as increased victim engagement in the investigative and prosecutorial processes.

Recommendations for other multi-disciplinary teams considering integrating victim advocates also are addressed in the research brief.

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