A Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a multidisciplinary, interagency collaboration that unites its members in a coordinated, victim-centered approach to responding to sexual assaults. It allows those who respond to sexual assaults a way to intervene that addresses each victim’s circumstance and respects the unique roles of the different professionals involved in responding to sexual assault cases. It is a team approach implementing a comprehensive, sensitive, coordinated system of intervention and care for sexual assault victims, making the victims’ needs a priority, holding offenders accountable, and promoting public safety.
The purpose of the Sexual Violence Resource of Georgia website is to:
- Help Georgia communities understand the benefits of the SART response
- Outline the principles guiding SARTs
- Provide information to form and sustain a community SART
- Provide resources and training opportunities for best practices in SART response
- Connect SART members with local contacts and resources
A SART member can access protocols, resources, and information and connect with other SART members specific to their judicial circuit. Please use member login to register and access this information.
*This site has been designed to be used by communities that are in the first stages of SART development, as well as by communities that have an established SART and would like to strengthen it.
On September 10, 2018, the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), in partnership with the SART State Expert Committee, announced the release of the Georgia SART Guide. This collaborative project outlines a multidisciplinary victim-centered approach for responding to victims of sexual assault throughout the state. A copy of the Guide is available under the Resources page of this site.
Created as a part of the Georgia SART Project, the goal of the Guide is to assist law enforcement officers, prosecutors, court personnel, and victim service providers with a statewide, unified, consistent response to cases of sexual assault. The Guide is meant to serve as a resource for SARTs across Georgia as they develop their own sexual assault response protocols; strengthening community-specific plans, but not replacing them. The ultimate outcome is for each judicial circuit to have a trained SART and coordinated response to sexual assault; ensuring that victims are safe, and offenders are held accountable.