The Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) is the first large-scale project to address the challenges dual/multi-service programs face in reaching sexual assault survivors by dedicating resources, support, and replicable tools tailored specifically to the needs of those programs. The lessons learned and tools developed at Project Sites will inform the national field of dual/multi-service programs serving sexual violence survivors. Specifically, the SADI will enhance the range of service options for victims of sexual assault; improve the overall treatment of sexual assault victims; and enhance the skills and knowledge of advocates working with victims and survivors.
Goals of the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative:
- Increase outreach to those populations experiencing sexual assault in their communities, but not currently accessing services.
- Develop models of service provision that prioritize the needs of sexual assault survivors.
- Assess the efficacy of those steps in increasing the numbers and types of sexual assault survivors who access those newly enhanced services.
Objectives of the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative:
- Project Sites will increase capacity to identify strengths, institutional challenges, and barriers to sexual assault services.
- Strategies, tools, and program components to reduce challenges and barriers to sexual assault services in dual/multi-service agencies will be developed.
- Models for trauma-informed service provision that prioritize the needs of sexual assault survivors beyond immediate crisis responses will be developed.
- Strategies for community teams, including law enforcement and prosecution agencies, to build capacity to respond to a broader range of criminal justice needs of sexual assault survivors beyond immediate crisis will be developed.
- Key tools, methods, and strategies developed in conjunction with the Project Sites will be widely distributed to the broader field of dual/multi-service agencies and state coalitions serving sexual assault survivors.