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 



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


National Sexual Violence Resource Center


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


Initiating a Collaborative Response


SART Foundations


Communication Agreements 


SART Role Clarification


SART Mission & Vision Development


For more information or support for your SART, please contact Keeley Crowley at