Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) was developed in 2015 to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed response to sexual violence in our community.  This multidisciplinary team is made up of partners including the District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Community and Family Services, Center for Victim Safety and Support, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital and their Forensic Acute Care Team, City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, Hyde Park Police Department, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Relapse Intervention for Sex Crimes, Bard College, Marist College, the Culinary Institute of America, Vassar College, Dutchess Community College, and other community agencies. Our current goals focus on: implementing trauma-informed training to all of our partners; creating awareness in the community about sexual violence and resources available; and developing a county-wide, victim-centered, trauma-informed protocol for responding to sexual violence.