This handbook was developed by the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force. It is designed to assist SARTs in varying degrees of development. It provides recommended practices for responders, information on victim-centered and offender-focused response, as well as sample protocols, policies and resources in Oregon.

This study examined the structure and functioning of U.S. SARTs, patterns of SART implementation and how these patterns relate to SARTs perceived effectiveness at improving victim and legal outcomes.

The focus of this technical assistance guide is to help sexual assault service providers build, expand, formalize, and maintain strong interagency responses to sexual violence. It includes a brief overview followed by Practice Tips, Ways to Build SART Excellence, and Key Resources.

These guidelines provide a comprehensive set of recommended practices for multidisciplinary teams responding to sex crimes. It also includes course outline for Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners.
Sexual Assault Response Team Guidelines

FORGE offers a fact sheet for victim services professionals discussing the "Terms Paradox." Related to providing effective and competent advocacy to transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, this paradox refers to the idea that the terms used in providing service are both crucial to establishing safety and support, and meaningless in the basic foundations of effective service provision.

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This manual provides recommendations for law enforcement, medical, advocacy and forensic science professionals on the identification, collection and preservation of physical evidence and the minimization of trauma to victim/survivors of sexual assault.
Texas Evidence Collection Manual

This NIJ special report outlines the issue of untested sexual assault kits that remain in law enforcement custody and evidence rooms and the impact that these kits have on communities and sexual assault response.  The report addresses victim notification and protocol when a kit is sent for testing and appropriate follow up.

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This guide examines the use of polygraph tests and other truth-telling devices (sometimes called “lie-detector tests”) in sexual assault investigations. It is meant to support the Violence Against Women Act and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) provision that truth-telling devices must not be used with sexual assault victims as a condition of charging or prosecution of an offense. This guide examines special issues relevant to using truth-telling devices with sexual assault victims. Legislative and judicial actions that have been taken as a result of this debate will also be discussed. Victim advocates, law enforcement officers, and policy makers may use this guide to develop policies, practices, and procedures and to improve collaborations regarding the use of truth-telling devices as the VAWA 2005 provision is adopted across the United States. 

Este folleto por la Asociación de Tejas Contra el Asalto Sexual (en inglés, TAASA) incluye información básica sobre el periodo inmediatamente después de la victimización. Por ejemplo, ‘¿Quién me puede ayudar?’ ‘¿Tengo que dar parte a la policía de lo que me sucedio?’ y ‘¿Como reaccionaran mis familiares y mis amigos?’. También hay listas de recursos en Tejas. En inglés. Información para hacer un pedido (el PDF es gratis).

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