Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Response Services
If you experience sexual assault or domestic violence, turn to Cone Health for sensitive, confidential care. You’ll benefit from forensic nurses specially trained to treat your immediate injuries, discuss your short and long-term health concerns, and, if desired, collect and document evidence of your injuries.
What to Do After Rape or Sexual Assault
If you’ve been sexually assaulted, get to a safe place and seek medical care as soon as possible. To help preserve physical evidence of your assault, follow these guidelines:
- Don’t shower, bathe or change your clothes. If you’ve already done these things, place the clothes you wore at the time of the assault in a paper bag and bring them to the hospital with you.
- Don’t eat, drink, smoke or use the bathroom, if possible.
- Don’t clean your home or the area where the assault occurred.
What to Expect at Your Exam
After a domestic or sexual assault, walk in to a Cone Health emergency department any time of day or night for prompt, confidential medical care. After you check in, we’ll guide you to a secure, private, specially designed examination room elsewhere in the facility. Depending on your needs and preferences, your exam may include:
- Treatment of injuries that need immediate attention
- Medications to prevent pregnancy and/or sexual transmitted infections (STIs), including chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, HIV and syphilis
- Collection of blood and tissue samples and/or documentation of injuries
Plus, you can count on us for emotional and social support, including:
- Help to develop a safety plan
- Information about community resources and counseling
We recommend you bring a change of clothing with you to the hospital.
Specially Trained Nursing Staff
Rest assured you’ll receive care from registered nurses (RNs) with specialized training and experience caring for people affected by sexual assault and domestic violence. Our team includes Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A®) and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Pediatric (SANE-P®) certified forensic nurses. That means you can rely on us to safely and sensitively assess your health, collect evidence (if desired), and provide support and resources.
Confidential & Secure
Trust Cone Health to keep information related to sexual assault and/or domestic violence private and secure.
Protected Medical Records
For your safety, medical records from the forensic nursing program are kept separate from your general medical record and are protected with additional layers of security. They’ll never be shared or transferred without your written permission. That means evidence of sexual assault and domestic violence can be confidentially collected and stored until you want or need it.
Reporting Sexual Assault
Get the medical treatment you need to protect your health, regardless of whether you intend to contact the police. Except in situations covered by North Carolina’s mandatory reporting laws, such injuries caused by weapons, you choose whether to report the assault to law enforcement.