The Mahwah Police Department can be reached by calling (201) 529-1000 or by calling 911. If the assault took place within the past 5 days the responding officer will activate the Bergen County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
SART is a free, coordinated community response to assist a survivor in the aftermath of a recent sexual assault. It has been designed to offer a compassionate, victim-centered approach while collecting evidence that can be vital to the investigation and prosecution of the crime. SART is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
There are three members of the SART team available to a survivor. A survivor has the option to speak with all three SART members, any combination of SART members, or speak with none of the SART members. SART members include:
Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE): A FNE is specially trained in forensic evidence collection. The FNE conducts a head to toe exam and collects evidence to assist in the prosecution of the crime. Medications to prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections and pregnancy resulting from the sexual assault are also offered to the survivor. The FNE does not treat injury; anyone needing medical attention will be seen by the attending physician in the local Emergency Department.
Law Enforcement: A local police officer and/or detective from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit are available at the request of the survivor to conduct an investigation. In most cases of sexual assault, the choice to prosecute is left up to the survivor.
Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate (CSVA): Trained advocates from the healingSPACE Sexual Violence Resource Center are available to assist the survivor throughout the SART process. Advocates keep information confidential and are there to empower the survivor by providing emotional support, information, and referrals. Follow-up with a trained advocate is also available in the days following the SART process.