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SART Code of Ethics

The dignity and healing of victims depends on the respect and assistance extended to them by professionals. To establish a victim-centered response, you should understand the codes of ethics governing advocates and medical and legal responders and work to develop a standard of ethical principles for the team itself. Use the following list as a catalyst for customizing SART standards when responding to victims or working with team members and allied professionals:6

  • SART Ethical Principles for Responding to Victims
    • Maintain proficiency in the delivery of services through continuing education.
    • Provide accessible services to victims, including services that are culturally sensitive.
    • Report any conflict of interest that prevents delivering competent services to victims.
    • Respect and protect victims' rights.
    • Respect privacy and confidentiality.
  • SART Ethical Principles for Working With Colleagues, Other Professionals, and the Public
    • Respect others.
    • Seek appropriate methods for addressing conflict with colleagues that will model constructive conflict resolution.
    • Help those who are new to the field to promote consistent quality in the response to sexual violence.
    • Promote crime and violence prevention.