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Using Social Network Analysis To Identify Successful Relationship Patterns Within Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs)

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 25 Issue: 8 Dated: 2019 Pages: 968-998
Date Published
31 pages
This study used social network analysis (SNA) to examine relationships within three effective Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) that coordinate the response of legal, medical, and advocacy organizations to sexual assault.

The study found that within each SART, organizations reported to other member organizations, valuing their role, serving as a resource to their work, and communicating outside of official meetings. Across the SARTs, there was high connectedness and reciprocity and low to moderate dependence on one organization to drive relationships; however, there was dependence on a subgroup of organizations to drive additional communication relationships. Implications for managing relationships in SARTs are discussed. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2019