Sexual violence can affect many aspects of a survivor's life, including safety and health, family and work situations, and finances. These challenges often lead to perplexing personal and legal questions. To receive basic assistance, victims often must navigate a maze of governmental and community agencies.
Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) help survivors through the maze of community services available to them, and uses the experiences of survivors to improve those services.
With funding from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and assistance from a national advisory committee, the NSVRC created the first a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Toolkit in 2011 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.
The SART Toolkit was updated in 2018 and is now available on our website.
A list of current Protocols and Guidelines for Sexual Assault Response Teams is also available for reference.