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The SAFE Nurses are certified to assist pediatric patients age 12 and under as well.Abuse knows no boundaries: victims from every age group, race, sexual orientation and sexual identification who need help are welcome at GBMC.
When the case is brought to court, the Forensic Nurse may be subpoenaed to testify regarding any medical treatment, findings or injuries seen, and evidence collected during the patient’s forensic examination. The SAFE Program at GBMC has on-call Victim Advocates that assist with crisis counseling, emotional grounding, safety planning, and danger assessment, as well as providing referrals for counseling/legal/shelter services within the community.
Forensic technology can also be helpful in documenting domestic violence injuries, particularly strangulation. The SAFE Nurse is a Forensic Nurse Examiner that is specially trained to care for victims of sexual assault, rape, child abuse, domestic violence/intimate partner violence and human trafficking. The SAFE Program at GBMC has on-call Victim Advocates who respond to assist with crisis counseling, emotional grounding, safety planning, danger assessment, as well as providing referrals for counseling/legal/shelter services within the community.
The SAFE Nurse completes a full health assessment of the patient, records the patient’s account of the incident, documents and photographs any injuries observed, obtains forensic evidence as indicated by examination or details provided, ensures the evidence is handled in accordance with chain of custody requirements, and provides preventative antibiotic therapy and emergency contraception when appropriate. The Advocates offer phone follow-up support as well. While the majority of victims seen by the SAFE Program are adolescent and adult females, we also assist males who have been victimized.
The SAFE Nurse will be there to answer and questions and support the patient throughout the process.
Will the SAFE Nurse test anything from the SAFE Kit?