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Sexual Assault Response Teams

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.

SART Discussion Group

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

Goals for the Discussion Group:

  • Support the safety, justice and autonomy of all victims and survivors of sexual violence.
  • Work to meet the needs of underserved and marginalized communities and their service providers in the development of SARTs.
  • Create a forum to enhance the response to systems advocacy and sexual violence prevention initiatives among sexual assault response teams.


This is an email-based discussion group that is open to current members of Sexual Assault Response Teams and individuals working to develop a SART.

Click here to apply for the group.

SART Toolkit

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.

Topic Sexual Assault Response Teams