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Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)/Forensic Nurse Examiner Program (FNE)
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In 1996, the Legislature amended the statute regarding services to victims of crime requiring that the Attorney General, in conjunction with service providers and hospitals, standardize services for victims of sexual assault. In 1998, the Attorney General promulgated the Attorney General Standards for providing services to Victims of Sexual Assault, which were formulated through meetings of the Sexual Assault Protocol Council. The Standards require the formation of a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) in each county and trained forensic nurses, known as Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNEs). A FNE, along with a confidentail sexual violence advocate and a member of law enforcement, make up the SART. In 1998, the State Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy began funding pilot programs to achieve this end. Now 20 counties in the State of New Jersey have either implemented or are working to implement the SART and FNE programs, all of which are funded through the State Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy.
Summary of the Program
The Sexual Assault Response Team is comprised of a law enforcement officer, a confidential sexual violence advocate, and a forensic nurse examiner or sexual assault examiner. The SART provides a coordinated response to victims of sexual assault. A victim of sexual assault is eligible for SART services when the following criteria are met:
The victim is 13 years of age or older;
The assault occurred within the past five (5) days; and
The victim consents to SART activation.
If a victim fits the above criteria and presents at a hospital facility, sexual violence service organization, or law enforcement agency, they shall be informed of the availability of the specialized services offered by the members of SART.
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