This project support best practices for the development of multidisciplinary response to sexual violence.

A Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a multidisciplinary interagency team of individuals working collaboratively to provide services for the community by offering specialized sexual assault intervention services. Teams are specialized to fit the needs of each community and generally have goals of increasing reporting and conviction of sexual assaults and countering the experience of sexual trauma with a sensitive and competent response.

SART protocols/guidelines are agreements between agencies about the provision of sexual assault services and the roles and responsibilities of core responders. Ultimately, protocols provide a way for team members to institutionalize interagency expectations in order to maintain high quality, consistent responses over the long-term.

The following information examines the use of polygraph tests and other truth-telling devices (sometimes called "lie-detector tests") in sexual assault investigation and provides a list of legislation and other official actions taken by states and territories to regulate the use of polygraphs and other truth-telling devices in the course of sexual assault examinations. The NSVRC does not promote specific legislation, but offers these for educational purposes only.


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