Success of a multidisciplinary response rests on how well team members work together. The team’s common goal—a coordinated, community response to sexual assault—may encounter competing perspectives and priorities, causing conflict and building distrust. Overcoming these challenges requires an understanding of the role and limitations of different disciplines and a commitment to work together. Explore conflicts that arise between disciplines and strategies to build better working relationships.
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.