The Harbor received grants from Seaside, Astoria and Cannon Beach. Combined, these cities award $30,800 annually to support The Harbor’s work throughout Clatsop County, including funds for D/SART, the after-hours crisis response team, which sends trained advocates to local hospitals and police stations when called on by law enforcement and hospital staff.
D/SART is shorthand for domestic/sexual assault response team: a team of trained people drawn from domestic and sexual assault advocacy, medical personnel and law enforcement personnel.
The SART model is considered best practice in sexual assault response by the Justice Department and is the standard for responding to adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault. In Clatsop County, law enforcement or medical personnel alert The Harbor via the crisis line whenever there is an emergency situation involving domestic violence or sexual assault.
The Harbor advocates then meet the survivor at the hospital or the police station or occasionally at another neutral location.