SART-Sexual Assault Response Team
What are the benefits of SART?
For the Victim
Coordinated response, sensitive intervention and information about options.
Increase training in forensic and medical care. Clear direction on best practice for victim care. Increased collaboration with victim-serving community partners.
Increase reporting. Specialized training protocol for investigation. Better access to victims for follow-up.
Better informed victims. Better reports from law enforcement and medical staff. Victims are supported well in cases that proceed.
Increased community safety through increased reports and/or prosecution for survivors.
What is SART?
A Sexual Assault Response Team, or SART, is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of advocates, law enforcement, medical personnel, and prosecutors. This team focuses on the acute medical response to sexual assault & forensic evidence collection, while also focusing on the potential for the victim to report the crime they have experienced. The process is victim-centered, and therefore the victim can choose the level of response/care that is provided.
How does SART help?
Upon receiving notifications that a sexual assault has occurred, SART sends key team players to meet with the victim. The advocate, law enforcement and medical person are all able to respond and discuss options available.
Want to know more?
Want to know more about if your community has a SART, how to get one started or more information on SART? You can contact your local advocate or call our Hope Line at 1.877.362.4612!