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


The National SART Email Group promotes ongoing dialogue and information sharing among community and professional organizations/agencies that respond to sexual violence.

With funding from the Office for Victims of Crime and assistance from a national advisory committee, the NSVRC created a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Toolkit to promote the development and implementation of a coordinated, multidisciplinary, and victim-centered first response to victims of sexual assault in communities across the United States and U.S. Territories. The Toolkit Project provides resources to help communities customize their outreach and expand services.

History, Landscape, and Future Directions for SARTs

This map provides a snapshot of when and where SARTs started, how and why they formed and their accomplishments. We welcome you to share your SART history with the NSVRC to help us create a national portrait of SART development. Please note that the NSVRC retains the right to edit and publish submissions to print and electronic publications.

Submit your history by completing the following survey.

The NSVRC has collected a variety of materials to support Sexual Assault Response Team development.  If you would like to submit resources for inclusion in our collection please email our Librarian.

We can learn a lot from research on how to improve SART success.  Below is a list of key research on SART effectiveness.

Wilder Research Center Online Survey

To help communities assess the readiness and/or level of community partnerships, the Wilder Research Center developed an online survey to be used to assess factors that influence successful collaboration.

Building Stronger Sexual Assault Survivor Services through Collaboration

Establishing if your community is ready to develop or expand a SART is key to sustainability. The following resources can assist communities with their assessment efforts.

Assessment Tools

NSVRC SART Readiness Assessment Tool

Data Collection

To help SARTs track variables of interest, see the Centers for Disease Control’s resource:

Criminal Justice Continuum and Specific Justice Systems and Victims' Rights These resources provide an overview of federal, state, juvenile, military, and tribal justice systems.

This special online collection provides information to help victim service professional engage in a multi-disciplinary dialogue about the issues and challenges involved with addressing the backlog of untested rape kits. It also includes information basic information for victims of sexual assault about the forensic examination process.

Understanding DNA Evidence
Defining the DNA Backlog
Response Guidelines, Protocols and Tools

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.


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