The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), both

components of the United States Department of Justice, convened a roundtable discussion on
research on sexual violence on September 8 and 9, 2011, in Arlington, Virginia.
The September 2011 roundtable brought together experts on sexual violence, representing
fields including research and academia, victim advocacy, law enforcement, prosecution, the
judiciary, and health care; as well as several survivors of sexual violence whose voices kept
victims’ experiences at the center of the discussion. Over the course of the meeting,
participants identified new and emerging priorities for research on the criminal justice system’s
response to sexual assault and generated ideas for bridging the gap between research and


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