PAVSA coordinates the Southern St. Louis County Sexual Assault Multidisciplinary Action Response Team (SMART) which includes representatives from health care, law enforcement, the legal system, victim services, mental health professionals, educators and other community service organizations. The mission of the SMART is to ensure a victim-centered community response to sexual assault with a culturally-competent and a multi-disciplinary approach. The SMART team works to improve responses and resources for victims and their families, develops protocols that are sensitive to all forms of diversity, and offers training to professionals in our community.
The work of the Southern St. Louis County SMART has been the impetus for several successful initiatives that have received accolades at both the state and national level. Some of SMART’s successes include the formation of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program for adolescent and adult victims of sexual assault, a safety and accountability audit of the systems response to Native women reporting sexual assault, PAVSA’s Systems and Legal Advocacy Program, and the formation of the Duluth Trafficking Task Force.
SMART Member Agencies Include:
PAVSA Duluth Police Department St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department Hermantown Police Department UMD Police Department
St. Louis County Attorney’s Office Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA) St. Louis County Social Services Initial Intervention Unit
Safe Haven Battered Women’s Shelter Domestic Abuse Intervention Program (DAIP) University of Minnesota-Duluth College of St. Scholastica First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center
*For more information about the Southern St. Louis County SMART, contact PAVSA at 218/726-1442.