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Sexual Assault Response and Recovery

The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Program (SADVPP) response and recovery services include administering the federal Sexual Assault Services Act and Preventative Health and Health Services Block Grant, Sex Offense Set-Aside funds and Department of Justice, . To better respond to victim/survivor needs, SADVVP:

  • Works to ensure all victims/survivors have access and support to medical services, law enforcement, prosecutor and advocacy services.
  • Collaborates with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence and other Ohio experts to create and implement best practices for care to minimize trauma victims/survivors.
  • Supports the use of a coordinated team approach within the community – Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). 

Use the links below to learn more about Ohio's sexual assault response efforts.

Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP)

SASP funds were created by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) which dedicates funding specifically for the provision of direct intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault.  The overall purpose is to provide intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services, and related assistance for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, family and household members of victims, and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault.  Ohio Department of Health currently funds 7 projects focusing on underserved/inadequately served sexual assault survivors from the African/African American; Asian/Asian American; and LatinX/Hispanic/Spanish-speaking populations in Ohio.

Ohio Sexual Assault Protocols & Kit Reorder

2011 Ohio Protocol for Sexual Assault Forensic and Medical Exams - The Ohio Protocol was originally developed in 1991. This is the fifth edition and is a result of a review of the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical and Forensic Examination, best practices shared from other states and input from a number of experts throughout Ohio. The site also includes approved revisions.

Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Reorders - Revisions have been made to Ohio’s kit based upon the input of the Ohio Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, Bureau of Criminal Investigation and TRITECHFORENSICS

Sexual Assault Advisory Board of Ohio (SAABO)

Sexual Assault Advisory Board of Ohio (SAABO) - The mission of SAABO is to ensure that all victims of sexual assault or sexual abuse have consistent access to quality medical care in the collection of evidence that meet the standards set forth in the 2011 Ohio Protocol for Sexual Assault Forensic and Medical Exams.


Response to Sexual Assault in the Military Studies show that sexual assault is the most underreported violence crime in the United States and the military is no different. The Department of Defense (DoD) goal is to establish a climate of confidence that encourages victims to report sexual assault and hold offenders accountable.  These are resources for military personnel. 

Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention and Prevention Professionals Listserv

Sexual Assault Response and Recovery Resources and Publications

Updated 8/20/2018