• Get Medical Attention

  • Medical Forensic Exam Program

Medical Options

  • Duke University Hospital Emergency Department and Duke Regional Hospital Emergency Department can provide medical forensic exams for victims of sexual assault and dating or intimate partner violence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    The exam is tailored to what the victim wants, but can include:

    • Comprehensive medical screening and examination 
    • STD and HIV testing
    • STD, pregnancy, and HIV prophylaxis
    • Preventative medications
    • Examinations by forensic nurses and evidence collection
    • Anonymous collection and examinations
    • Consultations available with mental health providers, social work, infectious disease
    • Referrals to longer-term resources

    Duke University Hospital: 2301 Erwin Rd. Durham, NC 27705

    Duke Regional Hospital: 3643 N. Roxboro Rd. Durham, NC 27704 

    You may choose to report the incident and speak to the police while you are there, but you do not have to talk to the police or anyone else until you are ready. Your evidence can be collected and stored anonymously until you decide whether to report (up to 1 year).

    Duke Police (919-684-2444) will give you a free ride to the hospital. You do not have to make a police report in order to get transportation to the Emergency Department.

    You can also contact the Women's Center's Office of Gender Violence Prevention and Intervention's on-call pager (919-970-2108),  to have a confidential advocate meet you at the Emergency Department at either Duke or Duke Regional hospital. This Duke resource is available 24/7/365.

Bring Someone You Trust

  • If you feel comfortable, bring someone you trust. Bring a friend, family member, roommate, or colleague. Before deciding who to bring, ask that person whether they can honor your privacy or if there are limits to the confidentiality they can offer; RAs and other university staff members have reporting requirements.

Try Not to Shower

  • For a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, try not to shower, bathe, douche, wash your hands, brush your teeth, comb your hair, use a toilet, eat/drink, smoke, chew gum, or change your clothes. This may be difficult, but if you do any of this above you may destroy evidence that will be needed if you decide to report the crime to police.

Bring a Change of Clothes

  • In preparation for a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, for your own comfort and to preserve evidence, bring a change of clean clothes and a paper bag filled with items involved in the incident.

Supporting Victims and Survivors

  • If your friend has experienced sexual assault, here are ways to support them:

    • Believe them
    • Listen to them
    • Never blame them for being assaulted
    • Help them explore their options
    • Ask before touch
    • Recognize you've been hurt too and get help for yourself

    Sign up for P.A.C.T Training through Duke's Office of Gender Violence Prevention and Intervention to learn skills and strategies for intervening in incidents of sexual and physical violence, stalking, and harassment

    Learn more about these tips with the information sheet from Men Can Stop Rape