This project is supported by Grant No. 20150014 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.  

The opinions, findingsconclusions or recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the

 U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.



Rural SART programs are run in 11 counties across Northeast Iowa. If you are an agency interested in joining a local SART, please contact Brandi, SART Coordinator at or at 563-451-3856



SANE Training


Community Training
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SART Teams are deployed when a survivor visits a hospital, calls law enforcement or dials our 24-hour hotline at 1-888-557-0310.
 It is up to the survivor to determine which resources they would like to receive.


Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Coordinator: Provides leadership for the development and activities of county-specific Sexual Assault Response Teams. Responsibilities include training, supporting and enhancing existing and developing SART programs in Northeast Iowa. The SART Coordinator continuously works to build infrastructure and alliances with appropriate local, state, healthcare, county attorney's offices, and law enforcement agencies to promote consistent, professional and trauma-informed coordinated response to victims of sexual assault

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE): Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE): A registered nurse (RN) with highly specialized training to provide a forensic evidentiary examination and medical support. When children are involved, the medical examination is done by specialized pediatric examiners at a Child Protection Center (CPC), who have training as Doctors, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and/or Registered Nurses to provide the examination and collect evidence from children.

Sexual Assault Advocate: Are present to mediate interactions between the survivor, emergency room personnel, and law enforcement. Advocates concentrate on the best interests of the survivor, including listening to their needs rather than asking questions and directing her/his behavior. To best serve sexual assault survivors, advocates provide replacement clothing, and information regarding the Sexual Assault Examination Kit procedures, STD testing/treatment, and other medical choices.
The advocate also serves as a liaison between the survivor and the criminal justice system to ensure that the survivor’s rights are protected if the survivor wishes to proceed with the criminal justice system. The advocate can accompany a survivor to a police interview, assist with orders of protection, provide case updates, and attend all meetings and court proceedings with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office with, or on behalf of, the survivor.

Victim Witness Coordinator: Crime Victim/Witness Coordinators provide services, support, and education to victims and witnesses of crimes. They ensures victims and witnesses are treated with fairness and respect and receive information and assistance for relevant services, including notification of significant court events, referrals to appropriate support services, reasonable protection from the accused, help in determining and requesting restitution and the return of property and information concerning the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment and release of an offender. 

Law Enforcement: Specially trained to listen to the survivor's story and ask detailed questions that may lead to the prosecution of the perpetrator. They ensure the survivor is able to return back to a safe environment and may make referrals to appropriate support services. Law Enforcement on the Sexual Assault Response Team is dedicated to victim-centered care and justice.

Community Partners: Individuals and organizations providing additional supports and resources to a survivor's needs.

Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) are coalitions of agencies that serve sexual assault survivors. Core membership for SARTs typically includes victim advocates, law enforcement officers, forensic medical examiners, forensic scientists, and prosecutors. Multidisciplinary SARTs work together to formalize interagency guidelines that prioritize survivors’ needs, hold offenders accountable, and promote public safety. SART models range from informal, cooperative partnerships to more formalized, coordinated, and multidisciplinary responses on local, regional, state, tribal, or territory levels.


In general, SARTs are committed to survivors’ rights and needs, organize their service delivery to enhance evidence collection, and educate the community about services available for the intervention and prevention of sexual assault (National Center for the Prosecution on Violence Against Women, 1998).


Sexual assault is a very personal crime. Many survivors are not ready to make a decision about seeking medical attention or pressing criminal charges immediately after an assault. Sexual Assault Response Team professionals help explain what options are available and guide the survivor in accessing resources. All choices are left up to the survivor.


Rural SART programs are run in 11 counties across Northeast Iowa. If you are an agency interested in joining a local SART, please contact Brandi, SART Coordinator at or at 563-451-3856