Sexual Assault Response Teams - SART

A Sexual Assault Response Team, or SART, can minimize the potential for retraumatization to a survivor when engaging with the criminal justice system by initiating a collaborative response to provide support, information, options, and resources.   This trauma-informed response not only benefits survivors but multidisciplinary partners as well.  SARTs have identified several improvements to victims’ participation[1] in the criminal justice system, including:

 

  • Victims more likely to receive referrals to advocacy services
  • Victims more likely to receive referrals to medical services
  • Improvements in support for victims in the criminal justice system process
  • Increase in the number of assaults reported to law enforcement
  • Victims more engaged with the investigation
  • Victims more engaged with prosecutors during court prep

 

[1] Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Functioning and Effectiveness
https://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/2015-05/publication_researchbrief_sexual-assault-response-team-functioning-effectiveness.pdf 

 

 

For more information on building a foundation for and sustaining a SART, please review the resources below:

 

The Sexual Violence Justice Institute of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault

https://www.mncasa.org/sexual-violence-justice-institute/sarts-tools-resources/

 

National Sexual Violence Resource Center  https://www.nsvrc.org/sarts/toolkit

 

From the WI DOJ Office of Crime Victim Services and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault

 

Initiating a Collaborative Response

https://youtu.be/RybD4gGY4P0

 

SART Foundations

https://youtu.be/9Xo_lHdnNu0

 

Communication Agreements

https://youtu.be/94HThxxqGx8 

 

SART Role Clarification

https://youtu.be/FbTKyaWntY8

 

SART Mission & Vision Development 

https://youtu.be/zmzN2D1FSgw

 

For more information or support for your SART, please contact Keeley Crowley at crowleykj@doj.state.wi.us