A Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a multidisciplinary interagency team of individuals working collaboratively to provide services for the community by offering specialized sexual assault intervention services. The NSVRC works with responders from around the United States to identify resources, translate research findings and analyze policy will assist in the development, enhancement and sustainability of SARTs. The NSVRC offers a number of ways for SARTs to connect in the following sections. For more information, please contact us via email or call, toll-free 877-739-3895.

The SART listserv promotes ongoing dialogue and information sharing among community and professional organizations/agencies that respond to sexual violence. The SART Listserv supports the safety, justice and autonomy of all victims and survivors of sexual violence; works to meet the needs of underserved/marginalized service providers in the development of SARTs; and creates a forum to enhance the response to systems advocacy and sexual violence prevention initiatives among sexual assault response teams.
 

With funding from the Office for Victims of Crime and assistance from a national advisory committee, the NSVRC created a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Toolkit to promote the development and implementation of a coordinated, multidisciplinary, and victim-centered first response to victims of sexual assault in communities across the United States and U.S. Territories. The Toolkit Project provides resources to help communities customize their outreach and expand services.

History, Landscape, and Future Directions for SARTs

This map provides a snapshot of when and where SARTs started, how and why they formed and their accomplishments. We welcome you to share your SART history with the NSVRC to help us create a national portrait of SART development. Please note that the NSVRC retains the right to edit and publish submissions to print and electronic publications.

Submit your history by completing the following survey.

The NSVRC has collected a variety of materials to support Sexual Assault Response Team development.  If you would like to submit resources for inclusion in our collection please email our Librarian.

SART Resources on Collaboration

Establishing if your community is ready to develop or expand a SART is key to sustainability. The following resources can assist communities with their assessment efforts.

Assessment Tools

NSVRC SART Readiness Assessment Tool

Data Collection

To help SARTs track variables of interest, see the Centers for Disease Control’s resource:

Criminal Justice Continuum and Specific Justice Systems and Victims' Rights These resources provide an overview of federal, state, juvenile, military, and tribal justice systems.
 

This special online collection provides information to help victim service professional engage in a multi-disciplinary dialogue about the issues and challenges involved with addressing the backlog of untested rape kits.  It also includes information basic information for victims of sexual assault about the forensic examination process.
 
 
Understanding DNA Evidence
Defining the DNA Backlog
Response Guidelines, Protocols and Tools
 
 
 

 
 
The NSVRC wants to learn about innovations happening in your community regarding SART development and sustainability.  We are accepting submissions from around the country.  We are highlighting practices that strengthen advocacy, law enforcement, healthcare, prosecution, forensic science and build capacity for teams.  Read more about how to submit your innovation
 

SART protocols/guidelines are agreements between agencies about the provision of sexual assault services and the roles and responsibilities of core responders. Ultimately, protocols provide a way for team members to institutionalize interagency expectations in order to maintain high quality, consistent responses over the long-term.

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