SARTs and the Coordinated Response
Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) are comprised of local response agencies that coordinate their efforts to better serve victims of sexual assault in a specific geographic area. SARTs are variously understood to be the team that responds to a victim in the emergency room/ evidentiary exam setting; the larger criminal justice team that determines the best interagency protocol for community partners who respond to sexual assault; or the larger community team interested in a victim-centered response to sexual violence.
Minimally, team members include representatives of the local law enforcement, advocacy, medical-forensic response (or sexual assault nurse examiner program), prosecution, and probation/corrections agencies. Most teams also include members from local human and social service organizations representing the diversity and unique nature of the community. Some teams may also include campus personnel, security or advocates.
There are many other names for the local collaborations that work together to improve the response to sexual assault, and often the same name can actually represent very different kinds of teams. SVJI has extensive experience adapting concepts, methods, and training to assist any multi-disciplinary collaborative in advancing their efforts to prioritize victims’ needs, hold offenders accountable, and promote public safety.
Minnesota SMART Collaboration Project:
SVJI provides in-depth technical assistance, training and support to twelve Sexual Assault Multidisciplinary Action Response Teams (SMARTs). Each team follows the 8-Step Protocol Development Cycle to improve their local response to sexual assault. SVJI connects to each team and each team connects to one another through a network of team coordinators supported by SVJI. SVJI reaches other communities in Minnesota by sharing the tools, training, and resources developed in this project and SVJI's other current and past projects.
The Minnesota teams participating in this project are:
- Beltrami and Clearwater Counties and Red Lake and Leech Lake Reservations
- Carver County
- Goodhue County
- Isanti County
- Itasca County
- Lyon County
- Winona County
- Olmsted County
- Ramsey County
- Southern St. Louis County
- Rice County
- Hennepin County
In past years Mille Lacs County and the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation also participated in the protocol development process.