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Funder: National Institute of Justice
PI: Rebecca Campbell, Megan Greeson
Dates: 2010-2013

Historically the community response to sexual assault has been fragmented and disjointed, as the legal, medical, and mental health systems have typically operated in isolation from one another with minimal communication and collaboration across agencies. Consequently, victims/survivors often have had difficulty accessing needed services, and are frequently treated by social system personnel in ways that exacerbate their trauma. A promising strategy for improving victim services is to strengthen coordination among multidisciplinary responders through Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs). SART interventions bring diverse stakeholders together to promote victims’ healing, improve reporting and prosecution rates, and reduce the prevalence of sexual assault.  The purpose of this project is to study a national random sample of SARTs to identify current practices and explore which SART models are most effective in improving legal outcomes and services for survivors.

Collaborators: Rebecca Campbell, Deborah Bybee
Start Date: January 2010

About RCGV

MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence faculty and staff are dedicated to research and outreach initiatives related to ending and preventing gender-based violence and improving the community response to survivors. RCGV faculty are committed to mentoring the next generation of gender-based violence researchers by providing substantial educational and employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant and widespread social problem internationally, devastating adults, children, families and societies across the globe. It includes any form of harm that is both a consequence and cause of gender power inequities. It can be physical, psychological, sexual, economic, or sociocultural, and includes but is not limited to sexual abuse, rape, intimate partner abuse, incest, sexual harassment, stalking, femicide, trafficking, gendered hate crimes and dowry abuse. Gender-based violence intersects with race-based, class-based or religiously oppressive forms of abuse, and cross-cuts many other social problems (e.g., poverty, substance abuse, mental and physical health, crime).

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