Inova Fairfax Hospital is the closest hospital to Arlington County that provides SANE exams. Medical support is available 24/7/365, including access to a forensic exam.
What Does a Forensic Exam Involve?
A forensic exam is completely private and includes a thorough assessment of any injuries sustained as the result of a violent act. They will collect evidence, take photos of your injuries, answer all your questions and discuss your options. The forensic nurse examiners and physicians are specially trained to provide both medical and emotional support. They will ensure that you have access to all the resources you need, including follow-up medical care, a safety plan and legal help.
A SANE exam is free, even if you don’t want to involve the police at the time of evidence collection. This allows evidence to be secured while giving you time to consider whether you want to report the assault. A patient who has requested and obtained a non-reported sexual assault medical forensic examination has up to 2 years to report the crime. Find more information, here.
In Virginia, forensic exams are available to youth aged 14 years and older without parental consent.
For advocate accompaniment services and transportation assistance, contact the Doorways 24-hour hotline at 703-237-0881. Arlington County Police can also arrange for transportation.