Funder: National Institute of Justice
PI: Rebecca Campbell, Megan Greeson
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