Sexual Assault Victims Access to Justice Act
Law enforcement agencies are required to provide sexual assault victims a written copy of, or access to, the information required by the Sexual Assault Victim’s Access Justice Act, PA 319 of 2014 “the Act”). The Act required the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board to develop two products to assist agencies in complying with these requirements.
These products are available below. To receive these products in an alternative format, email the board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sample Victim Notice Cards Within 24 hours after the initial contact between a sexual assault victim and the investigating law enforcement agency, that agency must give the sexual assault victim a written copy of, or access to, the notices required by the Act. The Board has drafted recommended language with the required information in several formats: (1) language that can be added to an existing victim rights notice card, (2) a standalone victim notice card with only the information required under the Act and the Crime Victim's Rights Act, and (3) a sample victim notice card that includes notices for the Act, the Crime Victim's Rights Act, and the domestic violence notices required by MCL 764.15c. Your agency can comply with the Act using any of these formats.
- Informational Handout to Explain Forensic Testing Results
If a sexual assault victim is provided with information about forensic testing results under the Act, law enforcement agencies are required to provide that victim with a copy of, or access to, the information handout developed by the Board. This handout, titled "Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Testing in Michigan: What Victims Have a Right to Know," was developed in consultation with the department of the state police.