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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 for the District of Columbia
  • United States Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Assistance Unit
  • Metropolitan Police Department’s Victim Services Branch
  • 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
  • Howard University
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Children’s National Medical Center
  • D.C. Child and Family Services Agency
  • Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • Safe Shores -The DC Children’s Advocacy Center
  • D.C. Coalition to End Sexual Violence
  • The D.C. Victim Hotline

The Mission of the D.C. SART is to:

  • Ensure consistent, sensitive services for adults and youths over the age of 13 who have been sexually assaulted;
  • Ensure a victim-centered, trauma-informed and offender-focused system to address sexual assault;
  • 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 the ability to prosecute cases.
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