Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) helps survivors through the maze of community services available to them and uses the experiences of survivors to improve those services.

These challenges often lead to perplexing personal and legal questions since
sexual violence can affect many aspects of a survivor’s life, including safety and health, family, work situations, and finances.

With funding from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and assistance from a national advisory committee, the NSVRC created the first (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.
Reference: Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Toolkit

To ensure justice and create a more compassionate and streamlined response, service providers must intervene in a way that speaks to the context of each victim’s circumstance and respects the unique roles of the different professionals involved in responding to sexual assault. Over the years, communities have developed a team approach with just those goals in mind. Multidisciplinary teams, often called SART (sexual assault response teams), partner together to provide inter-agency coordinated responses that make victims’ needs a priority, hold offenders accountable, and promote public safety.

Prevention initiatives address both the causes and consequences of sexual violence. SART can work to stop sexual assault from happening, minimize the harm that occurs from sexual violence, and treat victims in the aftermath of sexual violence. In practice, SART can help prevent sexual violence.

Developing and evaluating interventions.
Sexual Violence and the Spectrum of Prevention: Towards a Community Solution Guides advocates, practitioners, and educators in developing a comprehensive community approach to the primary prevention of sexual violence.

Preventing Violence: A Guide to Implementing the Recommendations of the World Report on Violence and Health Describes interpersonal violence—its nature, magnitude, and consequences along with action steps and resources.

Handbook for the Documentation of Interpersonal Violence Prevention Programmers Capture program information on intervention strategies and individual, relational, community, and societal prevention efforts.

The benefits translate into:

Better informed decisions through an understanding of cross-agency roles.
More efficient use of limited resources.
Improved inter agency responses based on victim-identified needs and state-of-the-art investigative practices.
Seamless service referrals.
Safer communities through sexual assault prevention education.

Implement SART into every community across the nation and end Sexual Violence.

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