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Survivors of sexual assault most often interact with multiple systems—medical, legal (law enforcement and prosecution), and victim advocates to seek justice. When these systems work collaboratively, better services are provided to victims and communities are better protected. This brief highlights the benefits of working across disciplines to provide the best support for victims and to establish a coordinated, community response to sexual assault.
Multidisciplinary Response, Victim Care
Advocacy Roles and Resources, Creating a Strong Multidisciplinary Team and/or Sexual Assault Response Team
Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.