Police OfficersCollaborative Response
to Sexual Assault

Individuals can resist injustice; but only in community can we do justice.—Jim Corbett

There is complexity upon complexity. And even specialization has begun to seem inadequate. So what do you do?—Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto 

The scope of sexual violence is so varied: it includes a variety of criminal acts, in a variety of contexts between perpetrator and victim, with a disproportionate impact on victims who are marginalized or especially vulnerable.  And while we’ve become increasingly specialized in our response, we will never be able to fully predict what will be required of any one responder in the course of the next disclosure, exam, investigation, or prosecution. A successful response standardizes the basics so they aren’t forgotten or skipped, and yet still allows room for the skill and judgment it takes to respond to the unique issues that come up with every victim, in every case. This is the task of teams.

A multidisciplinary approach can be a useful way for a local system to address gaps or failures of the current response and design better policies and procedures. Based on twenty years of work with sexual assault response teams and other similar collaboratives, SVJI offers concepts, tools, training and resources to help these teams do their work.

In this section, you will find tools and resources related to developing a collaborative, multi-disciplinary response to sexual violence. This work may happen through the establishment of a formal team or though more informal partnerships. For more information on SVJI's consulting and training click here.

Team Development Resources

Language of Collaboration (PDF)

Considerations for Team Formation (PDF)

Readiness Assessment Survey (DOC)

SVJI Core Principles for Intervention (PDF)

Team Process

Protocol Development Cycle (VIDEO)

Protocol Development Cycle Details (PDF)

Protocol Development: Applying Research to Practice (VIDEO)

Challenges to Collecting Victim Experience Survey*

Creative Ways to Approach Protocol Writing*

Questions for Teams to Consider During Protocol Writing

Monitoring and Evaluation: Getting Started*

Ways to Improve Your Evaluation Plan*

What Can We Talk About? A Guidebook for How SARTs Discuss Sexual Assault Cases (PDF)

What Can We Talk About? Considerations for How SARTs Discuss Sexual Assault Cases (VIDEO)

What Can We Talk About? Common Rules and Regulations (PDF)

Team Related Webinars

What is the Role of the Coordinator? (VIDEO)

(*Pending OVW approval)

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