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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Teams (SANE-SART)

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SANE Guide icon The SANE Program Development and Operation Guide provides a blueprint for communities that would like to start a SANE program. For communities with existing SANE programs, the Guide serves as a resource to help expand or enhance services provided to the community.
Video icon Videos are available to inform and assist victim service providers and allied professionals in their efforts to develop and maintain local SANE and SART programs.
Training icon Access all of OVC's training resources regarding sexual assault issues, including standardized, face-to-face trainings, online modules, recorded webinars, and downloadable training materials.
Resources icon SANE-SART related resources for victim service providers and allied professionals.
SANE Guide icon OVC, in collaboration with the International Association of Forensic Nurses and a diverse group of federal partners and subject matter experts in the field, revised and enhanced the Guide and transformed it into a web-based, interactive, comprehensive tool to bring the latest findings and best practices to the field. The original Guide served as a blueprint for hundreds of communities to develop local SANE programs, and OVC anticipates that this updated, web-based Guide will continue to serve as a practical, research-based, trauma-informed source for developing new SANE programs and enhancing and sustaining existing programs across the country.

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International Association of Forensic Nurses icon International Association of Forensic Nurses
The International Association of Forensic Nurse's (IAFN) mission is to promote leadership in forensic nursing practice by developing, promoting, and disseminating information and education internationally. IAFN offers board certifications, continuing education, networking, and educational guidelines. IAFN also administers the SAFEta Project, which provides targeted training and technical assistance related to the National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations—Adults/Adolescents, the Kidsta Project, which provides training and technical assistance related to the National Pediatric Protocol, and the Tribal Forensic Healthcare project, which provides training for the Indian Health Service.
American College of Emergency Physicians icon American College of Emergency Physicians
Promotes the highest quality of emergency care and is the leading advocate for emergency physicians, their patients, and the public.

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Videos are available to inform and assist victim service providers and allied professionals in their efforts to develop and maintain local SANE and SART programs.

Patient-Centered Care

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Access all of OVC's training resources to support SANE-SART practitioners, including standardized, face-to-face trainings, downloadable training materials, online modules, and recorded webinars.

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Gather a group of victim service and allied professionals in your area and arrange a meeting space. OVC will provide instructors, an onsite coordinator, instructor training materials, and a Participant Manual for each participant.

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2 Days 1.3 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training is intended for law enforcement officers, SAFE/SANE medical personnel, and victim advocates to help strengthen collaboration in a team response, from the initial crime scene to prosecution of sexual assault cases. During the training participants will identify and collect DNA evidence at a simulated crime scene.
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* Please note that two additional training rooms will be required for a training activity on the afternoon of the second training day.
2.5 Days 1.4 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]
This training is designed primarily for sexual assault advocates/counselors who are volunteers or staff at rape crisis centers. Others who may benefit include nurses, physicians, law enforcement officers, and professional counselors who do not have specific sexual assault training. Through case studies, role-playing, and other interactive exercises, you will build the basic skills necessary to provide competent, effective crisis intervention services to sexual assault victims/survivors effectively and sensitively.
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  • All training modules
  • Important tools to help you train, including a customizable agenda that allows you to download specific modules
  • Participant feedback forms and certificates of completion for your participants
  • Additional information for SAACT trainers and managers of sexual assault advocate/counselor programs
This course is designed to teach advocates how to provide competent, effective crisis intervention services to victims and survivors of sexual assault.

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Campus/University sexual assault is, unfortunately, a serious crime that is widespread across college and university campuses all over the United States. This module provides a definition of campus sexual assault, describes barriers that victims of this crime face when seeing help, discusses laws, such as Title IX, in place to protect victims, and identifies strategies for serving victims of campus sexual assault.
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Incarcerated victims of sexual violence are at high risk of becoming victims again, because they may be too fearful to reach out for help or when they do, they find services specific to their needs are unavailable. They often fear experiencing further trauma and shame if they do come forward. This module defines sexual violence within correctional facilities, describes the unique aspects of sexual violence in correctional facilities, describes the risk factors for sexual violence in correctional facilities, identifies challenges or obstacles to providing victim services to incarcerated victims of sexual violence, and identifies and describes some of the practical response strategies that can be implemented to address the needs of incarcerated victims of sexual violence.
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The Sexual Assault module includes information related to sexual assault and sexual violence. It includes definitions of the terms sexual violence and sexual assault; information about the victim service provider's role in relation to others working as part of a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), including differentiating the roles of victim service providers, SART, and other members of the SART; methods to assess the physical and psychological impact of sexual assault; information about the potential impact of sexual assault on various populations; and strategies to respond appropriately to victims of sexual assault.

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Online trainings, conferences, and informative gatherings are prerecorded and available to view at your convenience.

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1.5 hours Listen/View Webinar (FLV)
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Whether it is a single incident or an ongoing pattern of abuse, sexual assault can undermine a victim's physical and emotional safety. Effective safety plans empower victims and can help them reclaim a sense of safety and security. No Contact Orders (NCOs) can be a key piece of a survivor's safety plan and, when implemented and enforced in conjunction with schedule mapping, are invaluable tools. This session addresses the unique challenges of creating a safety plan that meets the specific needs of victims in a campus environment, explores how safety planning for sexual violence can be different than safety planning for domestic violence, and discusses strategies for protecting victim privacy and safety.
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This session focuses on practical advocacy strategies and tools for using Title IX to empower and seek justice for victims of sexual violence.
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This session provides an overview of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and an understanding of how Title IX protects the rights of victims of sexual violence in educational settings.
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Civil legal advocacy and representation are critical needs for campus sexual assault victims who report violence to their institutions. After completing this webinar, participants will be able to identify some of the unique issues campus victims of sexual assault face and better understand what lawyers can do to access civil remedies to promote healing and recovery. This webinar addresses victims' rights and remedies related to their rights under Title IX, including safety, accommodation, and judicial process; and discusses eligibility and strategies for filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
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Title IX requires that "upon notice of gender-based harassment that creates a hostile environment, an institution must take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects." In order to remedy the hostile environment, campuses should provide safety and remedial measures and the option to participate in their resolution/conduct process. This session provides detailed, practical tips on where to begin with a new campus case, how to assist a survivor with obtaining the safety and remedial measures they need, and how to assist a survivor throughout all stages of the resolution process.
Neurobiology of Trauma: What Every Practitioner Needs To Know
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Regardless of whether an attorney practices criminal law, family law, employment law, tort law, or wills and estates, (s)he will likely encounter clients with a trauma history, and advocates in the justice system will undoubtedly encounter these same individuals. This session explains the brain's response to trauma such that participants will gain a better understanding of the neurobiology of trauma, and why their clients may be ambivalent about participating in the justice system.
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This session addresses the unique challenges and opportunities inherent in creating a safety plan that meets the specific needs of victims in a campus environment; explores how safety planning for campus victims/survivors may differ from safety planning for domestic violence victims; and discusses strategies for protecting victim privacy, discussing emotional safety, and providing survivor-centered safety planning.
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Two federal laws—the Jeanne Clery Act and Title IX—influence campus prevention and response to sexual violence. This webinar highlights how the laws intersect regarding requirements, resources, and options available to campus survivors.
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This session focuses on a facilitated discussion with the Victim Rights Law Center and the Clery Center for Security on Campus about victims of campus sexual assault.
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In this session, the Victim Rights Law Center answers questions regarding the Campus Safety Planning, Schedule Mapping, and other Title IX issues.
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This session focuses on a facilitated discussion with the Victim Rights Law Center about safety planning and/or legal representation for victims of campus sexual assault.
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Requirements under the federal Clery Act provide a foundation for an institution's campus safety and security policies. The Act offers critical rights and options to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. This session provides an overview of the Clery Act's requirements and how the Act influences on- and off-campus response and resources.

SANE-SART related resources for victim service providers and allied professionals.

American College of Emergency Physicians icon American College of Emergency Physicians
Promotes the highest quality of emergency care and is the leading advocate for emergency physicians, their patients, and the public.
International Association of Forensic Nurses icon International Association of Forensic Nurses
The International Association of Forensic Nurse’s (IAFN) mission is to promote leadership in forensic nursing practice by developing, promoting, and disseminating information and education internationally. IAFN offers board certifications, continuing education, networking, and educational guidelines. IAFN also administers the SAFEta Project, which provides targeted training and technical assistance related to the National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations—Adults/Adolescents, the Kidsta Project, which provides training and technical assistance related to the National Pediatric Protocol, and the Tribal Forensic Healthcare project, which provides training for the Indian Health Service.
Office on Violence Against Women logo National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations—Pediatric
Provides a standard for communities wanting to develop or improve their response to child sexual abuse.
Office on Violence Against Women logo National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations—Adults/Adolescents
Provides detailed guidelines for criminal justice and health care practitioners in responding to the immediate needs of sexual assault victims.
Kidsta.org logo Pediatric Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistance
Technical assistance and essential knowledge about sexual assault medical-forensic examinations and related topics.
Kidsta.org logo SANE-SART Resource Service
Delivers online and on-site interactive learning for RNs interested in becoming a SANE, and interactive, scenario-based training for multi-disciplinary SARTs. For more information about the SART Interactive Scenarios Training, view the flier.
SART Toolkit logo SART Toolkit
Resource both for communities considering a SART response and communities that already have a coordinated response but want to make it better.
Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistance logo Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistance
Project designed to provide technical guidance for individuals and agencies utilizing the National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations—Adults/Adolescents from the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women.
 
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