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Suspected Abuse Response Team

Welcome to the Suspected Abuse Response Team (SART) within the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department.

Contact Us

Suspected Abuse Response Team (SART)
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-781-4878 or after hours 805-781-4550

SART functions under the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department, to provide forensic services for residents of San Luis Obispo County, State agencies, and other Counties upon request. The program brings together specifically trained forensic doctors and nurses with Law Enforcement agencies, Child Welfare Services and advocates in a multidisciplinary team approach to provide compassionate compassionate, comprehensive and culturally-sensitive treatment for sexual assault survivors.


SART exams are done at the request of Law Enforcement or Child Welfare Services.  The exam itself becomes part of the criminal investigation. SART exams are also available without law enforcement involvement. Call the office directly during office hours or call the rape-crisis hotline at (805) 545-8888 and they will explain the options available. If a SART exam is done, it is still reportable to Law Enforcement but the client doesn't have to speak to Law Enforcement immediately, and may do so when ready.


Our Services


Ensure that victims of assault (not necessarily sexual) receive compassionate care and professional treatment that will support their emotional, mental and physical health to the fullest extent possible.


  • Provide a comprehensive exam, including photo documentation and physical evidence collection according to California State Guidelines.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing is included in the examination.

  • Emergency contraception and prophlactic antiobiotics for GCand chlamydia are discussed.
  • Referrals are provided for follow-up medical care and counseling.
  • SART medical staff is trained to provide expert testimony in court when requested.