Forensic Nurse Examiner Program
Caring for Victims of Sexual Assault
If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is important to get medical treatment and support as soon as possible. Highly skilled forensic nurse examiners at Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health are registered nurses with specialized training. They will offer support while documenting evidence of your injuries.
Our program has a staff of 14 forensic nurses and offers services for:
- Sexual assault (adolescence to adult)
- Domestic Violence/Interpersonal Violence
- Child Abuse
- Elder Abuse
- Adults with cognitive/physical disabilities abuse
- Human Trafficking
The Forensic Exam
Your forensic nurse examiner (FNE) will perform a comprehensive medical forensic exam to ensure your well-being and to gather evidence.
During your exam, your nurse will:
- Document injuries from the assault.
- Collect evidence.
- Evaluate pregnancy risk for women and discuss safe prevention options.
- Evaluate your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection and offer medication to reduce that risk.
- If you have other injuries, the Emergency Medicine staff will evaluate and treat you in a separate examination.
There is no cost to you for the forensic exam. Treatment for injuries requiring medical attention will be billed to your insurance.
What is Sexual Assault?
No one has the right to touch, force, threaten, or have sexual contact with you without your consent.
Sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact as a result of force, threats, coercion or lack of consent. It can occur between relatives, partners, acquaintances and strangers. Victims can be from any social class, age, gender or sexual orientation. Those who have been victimized through trafficking or prostitution may also be victims of sexual assault.
Everyone reacts differently to the trauma of sexual assault, and it's normal to experience a range of emotions. You may feel hopeless, lonely, shocked, angry, fearful, depressed, anxious, embarrassed or ashamed. Sexual assault can happen to anyone, anytime, in any place. It is important to understand that you could not control what happened, no matter the circumstances.
Do the police need to be contacted?
The decision is yours. You do not need to decide right away whether you want to report the assault to law enforcement. You can discuss options with your nurse, victim advocate, or friends and family. If the assault is reported to police, your nurse will turn the collected evidence over to the proper police jurisdiction.
Our Community Partners
The Forensic Nurse Examiner Program at Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health partners with:
You Are Not Alone
The Emergency Trauma Center at Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health is a safe place. Our forensic nurse examiners will take care of you. They will tell you what to expect during the exam, answer your questions, and guide you through healing and recovery. Our program also offer resources for counseling and follow-up care.
Call 215-481-8079 or email ForensicTeam@jefferson.edu for more information.