Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)


SB0022; The Sexual Assault Response Team Act

Publication Date



Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of


Social Work, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Jennifer Crowell Thompson

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


This paper will present information on sexual assault in the state of Tennessee, how it is currently handled, and what SB0022 aims to improve on. Tennessee Senate Bill 0022 and House Bill 0415 require each local law enforcement agency in Tennessee to assemble, by January 1, 2024, an adult sexual assault response team to assist in responding to incidents of sexual assault with adult victims that occur within the agency's jurisdiction. Each team will be comprised of members with expertise in disciplines relevant to sexual assault response, with a focus on victim advocacy. This will be done by strengthening law enforcement officers, criminal prosecutors, healthcare service providers, and mental health service providers, by implementing the importance of social work values within each team. Commitment to looking at these focuses will hopefully add to more awareness and better understanding when reaching, working, and advocating for a sexual assault survivor in the state of Tennessee. As social workers, we strive to provide the most holistic version of treatment and resources to those we serve. We focus strongly on mental health, trauma informed care, and the dignity and worth of each individual. This bill would provide law enforcement agencies with the resources to give this standard of care to all those they serve.

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