Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART)

What is a SART?

A Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a specific intervention model focused on immediate and consistent response to sexual assault victims with the goal of implementing and maintaining a comprehensive, coordinated, trauma-informed and victim-centered system of intervention and care, with a commitment to systems change and continuous improvement.  The core membership of a SART includes law enforcement, medical providers, and community-based victim advocates.  Additional essential members include prosecutors, systems-based victim advocates, mental health services and other allied professionals.   

In Virginia, sexual assault teams are mandated in the Code of Virginia:


Code of Virginia Mandate

Section 15.2-1627.4  Coordination of multidisciplinary response to sexual assault

The attorney for the Commonwealth in each political subdivision in the Commonwealth shall coordinate the establishment of a multidisciplinary response to criminal sexual assault as set forth in Article 7 (§18.2-61 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 18.2, and hold a meeting, at least annually, to: (i) discuss implementation of protocols and policies for sexual assault response teams consistent with those established by the Department of Criminal Justice Services pursuant to subdivision 37d of §9.1-102; and (ii) establish and review guidelines for the community's response, including the collection, preservation, and secure storage of evidence from the Physical Evidence Recovery Kit examinations consistent with §19.2-165.1.  The following persons or their designees shall be invited to participate in the annual meeting: the attorney for the Commonwealth; the sheriff; the director of the local sexual assault crisis center providing services in the jurisdiction, if any; the chief of each police department and the chief of each campus police department of any institution of higher education in the jurisdiction, if any; a forensic nurse examinar or other health care provider who performs Physical Evidence Recovery Kit Examinations in the jurisdiction, if any; the Title IX Coordinator of any institution of higher education in the jurisdiction, if any; representatives from the offices of student affairs, human resources, and counseling services of any institution of higher education in the jurisdiction, if any; a representative of campus security of any institution of higher education in the jurisdiction that has not established a campus police department, if any; and the director of the victim/witness program in the jurisdiction, if any. 

 

Sample SART Protocols, MOU's, and Brochures 

Arlington County SART Protocols
Arlington County SART Brochure
Henrico SART Cooperative Working Agreement
Shenandoah SART MOU

 

Resources

Virginia Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Brochure--coming soon in 2020!

Virginia SART Google Group:  https://groups.google.com/d/forum/sart-va

Recorded Webinar: Exploring the Implications of Virginia's SART Code Mandate

Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs): A Model Protocol for Virginia

Cultivating SART Efficacy: Insights of the Impact of Virginia Sexual Assault Team Code Mandate

Office for Victims of Crime: Sexual Assault Response Team Toolkit

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) Sexual Assault Response Toolkit

Sexual Violence Justice Institute: SART Tools and Resources

End Violence Against Women (EVAWI) Resources for SARTs

To request to join the Virginia SART Google Group email: sart-va+subscribe@googlegroups.com

For Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) consultation and technical assistance, please contact Jennifer Kline at (804) 225-3456.