Forensic nurse services
If you have been sexually assaulted or a victim of partner violence, you have experienced a serious personal trauma that affects the mind, body and spirit. You did not deserve it and it is not your fault.
If you've experienced violence in your life, you have immediate access to compassionate, sensitive medical care and treatment. Forensic nurse examiners (FNEs) are specially trained nurses who evaluate patients for health risks associated with sexual assault, intimate partner violence or abuse and provide appropriate treatment.
We are here to support you. You are not alone.
Remember... Sexual assault is a crime, and you have the right to report it, if you wish.
Regardless of whether you choose to report the assault, there are a variety of support services, including crisis intervention, counseling, support groups, medical care and legal help available.
Violence is a major public health problem. Understanding is the first step toward intervention.
What to expect
At your request, you can see a specially trained nurse within 10 days of an assault. The nurse will explain procedures and tests and answer any questions you many have.
Some services you can expect may include:
- identification and care for injuries
- preventive treatment for sexually transmitted diseases
- emergency pregnancy prevention
- assistance with reporting to law enforcement
- collection of evidence to be used in the prosecution of the crime, if you wish to report the assault
- crisis intervention and referral to support services
- referrals for appropriate medical follow-up
- safety planning
You'll also receive follow-up, referral information and support needed to make choices about your health care needs.
Allina Health FNEs are available 24 hours a day at the following hospitals to care for patients who have experienced violence:
- Abbott Northwestern Hospital – Minneapolis
- Abbott Northwestern – WestHealth – Plymouth
- Buffalo Hospital – Buffalo
- Cambridge Medical Center – Cambridge
- Fairview Lakes Medical Center – Wyoming
- Fairview Northland – Princeton
- Mercy Hospital – Coon Rapids
- Mercy Hospital Unity Campus – Fridley
- Regina Medical Center – Hastings
- United Hospital – St. Paul
There are many services available in Minnesota to help victims of sexual assault and violence. This list includes crisis phone numbers you can call for help.
Good to know
Forensic Nurse Examiners can come to schools and community groups to educate students and adults about:
- sexual violence
- health issues related to sexual violence
- drug facilitated sexual assault
- intimate partner violence
- child abuse
- safety issues
- dating violence
- healthy relationships
For more on education options, contact Karine Zakroczymski, RN, manager, Forensic Nurse Program, at 763-236-4172.