The DAC CCR Specialist assists communities in developing a coordinated community response to domestic violence and sexual assault, and supports the education and capacity of Oklahoma's Coordinated Coordinated Community Response, Sexual Assault Response, and High Risk Teams.
The DAC CCR Specialist is funded through the Improving the Criminal Justice Responses Program (ICJR) grant from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).
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DAC is pleased to offer training opportunities throughout the year on a variety of topics related to the prevention of and response to sexual violence. For more information about training opportunities, or to request a training in your community, please visit our training page, or click here to request training for your team.
DAC offers free technical assistance to providers in Oklahoma regarding the following topics and needs:
- Best practices and program standards
- Research and data related to sexual violence
- Serving marginalized survivors and communities
- Public policy advocacy
DAC is available to provide technical assistance via phone, email, or in-person. To request technical assistance, please contact:
Lauren Norcom - Coordinated Community Response Specialist
Allie Buckholts – Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Resource Prosecutor
You may also call: 405/264-5024, or email: DAC_Training@dac.state.ok.us
Building a CCR/SART in your Community:
Please contact Lauren Norcom, CCR Specialist.
A multidisciplinary team is a group of community professionals and/or community members who come together for a common cause. The two most common teams that focus on sexual assault response are Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). Although the latter has traditionally been the most common, best practice is to have a CCRT which creates a more inclusive and survivor centered approach by including community members and survivors.
Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT): A Coordinated Community Response Team is a multidisciplinary team that provides a coordinated approach to issues around sexual assault, while collaborating with service providers and system members to strengthen communication and networking with a goal of bringing to light gaps in services needed to support survivors. At their core, CCRT teams operate under the assumption that sexual assault is a community issue and requires the engagement of entire communities to address it. This model is both community based and led. The following is a list of members to include in your CCRT, but is not exhaustive. Your CCRT should reflect and be representative of your community members. Please note, US Census data can be used as a good starting point to find your community demographics, but due to access issues, will also not be exhaustive.
- LGBTQIA Service Providers
- Mental Health Providers
- Grassroots Organizations/Movers
- Latinx Organizations/Community Leaders
- Faith-Based Community Leaders
- Military SARCs/SHARPs
- Substance Use Disorder Organizations
- Immigrant Service Providers/Community Leaders
- Male Centered Organizations such as Fatherhood Programs
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART): A Sexual Assault Response Team is a multidisciplinary team that provides direct intervention to sexual assault survivors when they choose to interact with the legal system. A SART is comprised of professionals who partner together to provide inter-agency, coordinated responses to sexual assault in order to: 1) meet the needs of victims/survivors by creating inclusive, comprehensive protocols, and 2) more effectively hold those who cause harm/offenders accountable by coordinating effective investigation and prosecution efforts in connection with a report of sexual assault. Below is a list of agencies often represented in SARTs, but is not exhaustive.
- Victim Advocates
- Medical Professionals/SANEs
- Law Enforcement
Work Done by CCRTs and SARTs:
- Provide internal information sharing and cross-training with and for team members
- Build community awareness about resources available
- Show commitment to community and sexual assault victims/survivors
- Be accountable to community and sexual assault victims/survivors
- Create and update CCRT/SART response protocols
- Case review/status updates (not all CCRTs/SARTs conduct case review)
Benefits of Having a SART:
Cases involving Sexual Assault Response Teams:
- Are reported more quickly
- Yields more evidence
- Are more likely to lead to arrest
- Are the strongest predictor that charges will be filed
- Keep victims better informed and engaged through the legal system
(Nugent-Borakove, M. E., Fanflik, P., Troutman, D., Johnson, N., Burgess, A., & O'Connor, A.L. (2006). Testing the Efficacy of SANE/SART Programs: Do They Make a Difference in Sexual Assault Arrest & Prosecution Outcomes?)
Benefits of Having a CCRT:
In addition to the benefits of having a SART, including community members in the response to sexual violence yields:
- A more inclusive and equitable response to sexual violence
- More community prevention efforts aimed at ending sexual violence
- More alternatives to justice options for survivors
- More community accountability for ending sexual violence
CCR/SAR and High Risk Teams in Oklahoma: