The National Center for Victims of Crime is offering a new resource in order to maximize the effectiveness of DNA technology for crime victims. The new resource will provide a staffed telephone resource line to answer callers questions on DNA-related issues, an email listserv where participants can share information on the use of DNA technology to help crime victims and a national network of experts on forensic DNA.
DNA Answers may be accessed:
Anyone with questions related to forensic DNA and crime victims can call the National Crime Victim Helpline at (800) FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255) between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday. Trained victim advocates will answer common questions and forward more complex queries to a DNA resource person linked to a national network of experts. Callers will receive timely and accurate responses to their questions.
Sign up for the DNA listserv by sending an email to DNAhelp@ncvc.org with "listserv" in the subject line, and you will receive emailed instructions for joining the list. Once enrolled, you can post your questions and receive emails on DNA facts, best practices, current protocols, legislative issues, and other DNA-related updates. National experts participating in the listserv will directly answer questions from the field, and participants who are investigating crimes and serving victims every day will also share their practical insights with each other.
For more information about DNA Answers, email Ilse Knecht at DNAhelp@ncvc.org or call her at (202) 467-8723. For DNA-related educational materials and training announcements, visit www.ncvc.org/dna.