End Violence Against Women (EVAW) International
Virginia Guidelines and Tools for Forensic Compliance
This document was recently developed to provide detailed guidelines and tools to guide the integrated response to sexual assault by health care providers, law enforcement professionals, victim advocates, and others. The document is titled: “Virginia’s Healthcare Response to Sexual Assault: Guidelines for the Acute Care of Adult and Post-Pubertal Adolescent Sexual Assault Patients.” It was developed by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance and the Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, in collaboration with a wide range of multidisciplinary partners. The project was supported with a grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), with funds authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
It is available for free online
From the announcement about the material:
Clearly, these materials can be extremely helpful for health care providers and other professionals involved in sexual assault response in communities across Virginia. However, they are equally valuable for professionals outside the state. Much of the information is helpful because it is non-state specific and can be implemented regardless of where the health care facility is located. Yet even the information that is state-specific can be used by professionals outside Virginia as well. It provides guidance for the type of information and materials that must be developed in each state, to ensure that the protocols and procedures for medical forensic examinations achieve the goals of forensic compliance. The document also provides an excellent model for other states to replicate. Communities across the country would benefit greatly if each state produced a similar compilation of guidelines and tools.
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