A Multidisciplinary Response to Sexual Assault: A Collaborative Perspective

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 7, 2021

Krystyna Hopkinson
Krystyna Hopkinson, MSFS
Manager, Forensic Biology Unit, Department of Forensic Sciences
Nicole Stahlmann
Nicole Stahlmann, MN, RN, SANE-A, AFN-BC
Forensic Nursing Specialist, International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) & Forensic Nurse Examiner
Sarah Bristol
Sarah Bristol, MSN, MPH, RN, SANE-A
Nurse Manager, District of Columbia Forensic Nurse Examiners
Samantha Tolliver
Samantha Tolliver, PhD, Deputy Chief Toxicologist
District of Columbia Office of the Chief Medical Examiners (DC OCME)
Erin Pollitt
Erin Pollitt, MHA, BSN, RN, FNE-A, SANE-A
Executive Director, District of Columbia Forensic Nurse Examiners
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Lindsey Silverberg, MA
Director of Advocacy, Network for Victim Recovery of DC
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Jaron Hickman
Lieutenant, Criminal Investigations Division, Metropolitan Police Department

The District of Columbia Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) has developed an innovative, survivor-centered model, which facilitates strong relationships between community stakeholders and improves response to survivors of sexual assault. The facilitators of this workshop will describe unique methods implemented for a unified response, such as monthly SART meetings; an application which allows stakeholders and survivors to track Physical Evidence Recovery Kits (PERK); coordination to process toxicology specimens for survivors who have not reported to law enforcement; interdisciplinary trainings; and coordination with a local pharmacy to deliver nPEP medications directly to the survivor. These innovative methods, among others, have led to zero backlog for report PERKs; zero backlog for report and non-report toxicology specimens, accountability for 100% of PERKs; and a seamless, coordinated response for survivors of sexual assault. The success of this program hinges on active involvement from each of the SART stakeholders. This workshop will include a panel of SART members who will discuss strengths and challenges of forming and maintaining relationships using this model, as well as answer questions from the audience.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe innovative methods used by the DC SART to improve coordination of community services for survivors of sexual violence.
  • Identify key contributions by each stakeholder organization crucial to building a collaborative survivor response.
  • Recognize challenges faced by each stakeholder organization while building a collaborative survivor response.


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