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Sexual Assault Response Team

Defining SART

The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a multi-disciplinary team developed to improve services

to victims of sexual assault. The team is comprised of advocates from the local victim service

center, law enforcement officers, and specially trained health care professionals. These team

members provide a coordinated, efficient, and supportive response to victims. The benefit of the

SART is the ability to provide a full range of comprehensive services to victims who have made the

decision to report a sexual assault. This occurs by providing immediate crisis intervention, team

interviews, forensic examination, and follow-up as needed. This coordinated response leads to a

bond between the victim and the advocate, enables law enforcement to receive a foundation of facts

regarding the case, and provides for forensic evidence for prosecution of the sexual offender. (CDVSA, 2013)

SART Training

Approximately every 6 months, the SART training team travels to different locations around the state of Alaska to provide a week-long training to local partner agencies. The team is comprised of the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA), ANDVSA, the Alaska State Troopers, Forensic Nursing and Department of Law. These training tend to take place in November and March and the location is pre-determined by CDVSA.

The goal of this multi-disciplinary training is to build relationships among Advocates, Law Enforcement, Forensic Nursing as well as Prosecutors and District Attorneys and any other interested partners who impact a community’s response to a report of sexual assault.

To Learn More

For more information on the current training opportunities available and registration, please visit CDVSA’s website:

http://www.dps.state.ak.us/Cdvsa/Grantee-Support-Training-Opportunities.html

Establishing a SART Team in Your Community

Multiple agencies worked together to establish statewide protocols to guide the structure of SART teams, with the ultimate goal being unified and consistent response across the state. For a printable version of these protocols, please visit http://dps.alaska.gov/ast/docs/SARTProtocols.pdf

Click here for the Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault’s page on Sexual Assault Response Team training.



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Contact Information

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
130 Seward St., Suite 214
Juneau, Alaska 99801
andvsa@andvsa.org
(907) 586-3650
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