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SARRT Overview

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC): The NSVRC offers a variety of resources to help communities assess their readiness for SART development, guide implementation, and enhance sustainability. Resources include a SART Readiness Assessment Tool, the 2009 SART Survey Report, and a SART Team Development Guide for Victim Service Providers. The NSVRC also offers a National Sexual Assault Response Team Toolkit.

Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force: The Oregon Attorney General’s Office Sexual Assault Task Force offers a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Handbook (updated in 2009) which provides a useful overview of criminal justice procedures.

California SART Manual: The California SART Manual is available for purchase from the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center.

Sustaining a Coordinated Community Response: Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams (SARRT): This training module is designed to explain what is meant by a “Sexual Assault Response and Resource Team” (SARRT), and discuss how to establish, expand, and sustain one in your community. (Please note that there is considerable overlap between the content of this training module and Course #11 on Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams: A Guide for Rural and Remote Communities.)

Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams (SARRT): A Guide for Rural and Remote Communities: This training module is designed to guide communities in overcoming the unique challenges faced by professionals who respond to sexual assault in rural and remote communities - by improving the coordination of services for victims across disciplines and agencies. (Please note that there is considerable overlap between the content of this training module and Course #8 on Sustaining a Coordinated Community Response: Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams.)

SART Evaluation

The Urban Institute provides an extremely detailed guidance on SART Evaluation in their “Evaluation Guidebook for Projects Funded by the STOP Formula Grants Under the Violence Against Women Act.

SARRT Standards of Practice/Protocols


New Jersey: The New Jersey State Standards (2004) were developed collaboratively by professionals from a variety of disciplines and designed to serve as a foundation for establishing county policies and procedures, so they could be easily adapted by SARRTS in any community.

North Dakota: The North Dakota Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Protocol is another good model for developing a community-wide protocol based on multidisciplinary collaboration, although it focuses primarily on the issues of forensic evidence collection.


Cambria County, PA: The Cambria County, PA Sexual Assault Protocol (2012) is excellent and comprehensive, and includes a consent form for victims who report anonymously, authorizing the collection, documentation, and release of evidence (to be stored at the municipal police department).

Denver, CO: The Sexual Assault Interagency Council in Denver, CO was one of the first communities to formalize a process designed to prevent sexual assault victims from being re-victimized by the criminal justice response. Now in its 4th edition, their protocol is routinely updated by the council to reflect expansion and changes in law.

San Diego, CA: One very good model for a standardized, community-wide protocol can be found in San Diego County, where their Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) developed detailed standards of practice for the many agencies representing law enforcement, health care, crisis care, victim advocacy, crime laboratories, prosecution, and the judiciary. The San Diego County SART Standards of Practice (2001) and the protocol for children who are victims or witness of crime are both available online (updated in 2000).

City Proclamation

Several communities have issued a proclamation honoring the efforts of the SARRT, and even declaring a day to be “Sexual Assault Response Team Day.” One example of such a proclamation is from San Diego, California.

Sample Data Collection Guide

This resource from the Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI) at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) includes tools, templates, and evaluation basics begin assessing the impact of a SART on community responses to sexual assault. It was created with multidisciplinary team leadership and members in mind, so it does not include every step and detail of each evaluation method. Rather it is intended to spark interest in thinking about ways some of the examples provided can be picked up by teams and modified, to shape an evaluation process that fits that team’s specific needs.

Case File Review Guidebook

This toolkit is a step-by-step guide that leads SART Coordinators through the process of reviewing law enforcement case files. It is designed to help identify areas where a SART is successful in its response to victims, and other areas where it can improve. Information is provided for each of the core agencies in the SART: Law Enforcement, Medical, Prosecution, Advocacy, and Probation. The toolkit provides insights into how to make connections that help improve the criminal justice process for victims and agencies while also helping teams discover a multitude of opportunities and best practices to explore.

Multidisciplinary SARRT Video

Professionals in Alachua County, Florida created this multi-disciplinary video detailing the role of Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) members, including victim advocates, forensic medical examiners, investigators, and prosecutors. Team members share strategies from each disciplinary perspective on how to respond in a supportive, trauma-informed manner. The video was created by the Alachua County Communications Department.

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