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District of Columbia Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

The District of Columbia’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a multidisciplinary group composed of agencies and organizations that provide services to victims in the aftermath of a sexual assault with the purpose of providing a coordinated response to sexual assault in our community. The team meets bi-monthly as a full team and on alternating months a sub-committee meets and conducts sexual assault case reviews.

The SART charter includes representatives from the following agencies and organizations:
D.C. Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Department of Forensic Sciences 
D.C. Forensic Nurse Examiners
United States Attorney’s Office
Metropolitan Police Department 
Network for Victim Recovery of D.C.
The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing
United States Park Police
D.C. Rape Crisis Center
George Washington University
MedStar Washington Hospital Center

The mission of the D.C. SART is to:
Ensure consistent, sensitive services for adults who have been sexually assaulted;
Identify and remedy gaps in services;
Increase engagement in the criminal justice system;
Improve forensic evidence collection and processing of results; and
Improve investigations and increase prosecutability of cases.
The DC SART accomplishes this by:
Upholding national and District standards of practice to ensure consistent responses to all adults who have been sexually assaulted;
Developing and maintaining professional relationships through respectful communication and cross-disciplinary training among team members;
Facilitating a case review process to identify and improve services; and
Providing outreach and education to the community regarding sexual assault.

For more information on the D.C. SART please visit http://dcsart.org/
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