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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 who will care for you and offer support while expertly documenting evidence of your injuries.

We staff 14 forensic nurses and have a 24/7 program that offers services for:

  • Sexual assault (adolescence to adult)
  • Domestic Violence/Interpersonal Violence
  • Child Abuse
  • Elder Abuse
  • Adults with cognitive/physical disabilities abuse
  • Strangulation
  • Human Trafficking

The Forensic Exam

Your forensic nurse examiner (FNE) will complete 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.

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, and our forensic nurse examiners will care for you, tell you what to expect, answer questions and guide you through healing and recovery with resources for counseling and follow-up care.

Call 215-481-8079 for information.

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