​Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs): Mapping a research agenda that incorporates an organizational perspective

Author(s) Moylan, Carrie A., Taryn Lindhorst & Emiko A. Tajima
Title Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs): Mapping a research agenda that incorporates an organizational perspective
Source Violence Against Women, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 516-534, 2015
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) manage care during the post-assault period for victims of sexual assault. This care ranges from medical treatment, evidence collection through to crisis intervention and referral to support services. This paper aims to provide three different approaches to investigating organisational level factors that contribute to the strengthening of research on the functioning of SARTs, as well as generally understanding the benefits and challenges for multidisciplinary services such as SARTs. The three factors used were the external pressures of legitimacy, including political, social and economic, and how they shape the behaviour of the organisation; the structure of inter-organisational networks that are affected by SART coordination actions; and the inter-disciplinary negotiation of conflict. The article concludes by proposing a research agenda where the research will contribute to creating effective service networks and navigate through the interdisciplinary needs of the victims of sexual assault.
Keywords Rape; service delivery; sexual assault; SART.
Topic Service delivery; sexual assault