Resources Library: Community Coordination & Collaboration

Cultivating SART Efficacy: Insights on the Impact of the Virginia Sexual Assault Response Team Mandate Report

Added Friday, August 04, 2017 by Department of Criminal Justice Services

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is pleased to release the report, Cultivating SART Efficacy: Insights on the Impact of the Virginia Sexual Assault Response Team Mandate. A collaborative effort between DCJS and the Sexual Violence Justice Institute at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (SVJI), the project explored the implications of the 2009 Code of Virginia legislation (§ 15.2-1627.4) that mandated the establishment of a multidisciplinary response to criminal sexual assault in each locality.

As you’ll see in the report, numerous considerations are presented to further enhance Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) efforts in Virginia. In the coming months, DCJS will begin exploring these considerations through a variety of collaborative efforts, to include training, resource development, SART protocol revisions, and more. We look forward to helping SARTs throughout Virginia become more efficient, more effective, and better able to serve victims of sexual assault.

A summary of results from the full national project is also available here.

Enhancing Services to Children and Youth in Virginia Exposed to Domestic Violence

Added Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Action Alliance

A report on a 2-year (2006-2008) demonstration project funded by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program.

Published by Virginia Sexual & Domestic VIolence Action Alliance, 2009.

56 pages.

Exploring the Implications of Virginia’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Code Mandate

Added Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by Action Alliance

In 2009, the Code of Virginia was amended to mandate local sexual response teams (SARTs). As part of a national initiative to explore the impact of mandates on the formation, performance, and efficacy of SARTs, in 2016 the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) partnered with the Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI) to explore the mandate’s implications and gain insight into what SART ecosystems need to become strong and effective. The results of the project were documented in a report titled Cultivating SART Efficacy: Insights on the Impact of the Virginia Sexual Assault Response Team Mandate. The report highlights the ripple effects of the mandate’s passing, lingering questions, and insights and ideas for resources to support SART growth, strength, and sustained success.

TO VIEW THE RECORDED WEBINAR, CLICK HERE. (You will be required to "register" before viewing the recording)

Topics addressed:
·        Impact of the mandate on the growth of Virginia SARTs
·        Impact of the mandate on SART efficacy
·        Challenges of mandate implementation
·        Other notable events that occurred as a result of the mandate
·        7 Elements of a healthy SART Ecosystem
·        Considerations and resources for enhancing SARTs

For More Information, Contact:
Jennifer Kline
(804) 225-3456

Kristina Vadas
(804) 786-7802

FACT Issue Brief—Older Adults and Family Violence

Added Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Action Alliance

This FACT Issue Brief identifies forms of family violence and abuse faced by older adults and summarizes research on effective ways communities and households can identify and prevent further abuse. Promising strategies designed to protect the safety and security of the older adult population within the Commonwealth of Virginia are highlighted.

Family & Intimate Partner Homicide: A Ten-Year Review of Family and Intimate Partner Homicide in VA

Added Monday, April 09, 2012 by Office of Attorney General

This report is a special 10-year anniversary issue and presents ten-years worth of data from the Virginia Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Surveillance Program.

Published: October 2010
Data Included: 1999-2008

This report is a product of Virginia Department of Health's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Family & Intimate Partner Homicide Surveillance Project.  For more information about this project, visit: http://www.vdh.state.va.us/medExam/familyintimatepartnerviolencehomicidesurveillance.htm