Medical Forensic Exam Programs
The District of Columbia offers two medical forensic exam programs to victims who have been a victim of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, or dating violence.
The District of Columbia Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (DC SANE) program is a partnership amongst the Executive Office of the Mayor, Office of Victim Services, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, DC Forensic Nurse Examiners, and the Network for Victim Recovery of DC. The DC SANE program provides comprehensive medical, forensic, and advocacy care to adult and adolescent victims of rape, sexual assault, and other sex-involved crimes.
The DC Forensic Nurse Examiner Intimate Partner Violence Program is a partnership between the DC Forensic Nurse Examiners (DCFNE) and Survivors and Advocated for Empowerment (SAFE, Inc.). The DCFNE Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) program provides comprehensive medical, forensic, and advocacy care to adult and adolescent victims of intimate partner violence, dating violence, or domestic violence.
Both the DC SANE and the DCFNE IPV Program provide free emergency medical forensic exams, mental health referrals, HIV testing, prophylaxis medication (when necessary), and wraparound advocacy services. A survivor can receive these services whether they report the incident to police or not.
To get either exam, you can come to MedStar Washington Hospital Center Emergency Department and request a forensic exam or call 1-800-641-4028 to arrange for free transportation to the hospital.
Both DC SANE and DCFNE IPV exam services can include:
- Comprehensive physical examination
- Collection of evidence
- Forensic digital photography
- Injury documentation
- Preventative medications
- Testing and prophylactic treatment for STIs/HIV and pregnancy
- Crisis counseling, advocacy, and case management
- Other community referrals
MedStar Washington Hospital Center can provide medical interpreters to survivors of both crimes.