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Regarding your forensic practice, do you care for intimate partner violence (IPV) patients solely in the emergency department, as part of an existing SANE program, or through specific clinical services for this patient population? [For those of you who aren’t clinicians, please let us know how IPV patients in your community are served.]

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would like to see them in the ED but now I try to be the one who sees them hand out information for local victims of violence center try to encourage them to call try to take photos of injuries if they want to press charges and just be a support but our program is not set up for IPV yet need grant money first!!!

We currently are not funded to do this, but we have been called in at times by either ER staff or the police may request us to come and do documentation. We have seen elder abuse and child abuse cases, but again only in the above circumstances. Wish it was more frequently!

In our community and most of the province we have Domestic Violence Outreach Workers who are the go to person for IPV. In the ED we would consult them to start the process of reporting, safety issues or help the victim to go on. Through our SANE/SART program we can start the process but certainly consult the experts.

Our services have been requested by the ED physicians and law enforcement for IPV patients. We are currently developing a protocol specifically for IVP patients to include having a community advocate respond to the ED to assist with safety planning.

Our program has stand alone forensic nursing services for DV. Patients may be seen soley within our program , but may also be seen as a consult in the ED or any of the other patient care units within our health system.

Our forensic program currently sees DV/IPV patients, and photographs injuries when authorized by law enforcement. We also have an accompaniment program that responds to this patient population, even when the forensic nurse does not.

IPV patients are not seen specifically by a forensic nurse examiner in our ED; they are seen by all ED staff nurses; however, either nursing or medicine are free to consult me

IPV patients are treated in our ED. They are not seen by the SANE. The patient is evaluated by the ED physician, the police are called, ED social worker will provide support and available services. If the social worker is not available, the ED nurse will provide support and available services. Our hospital is in the process of developing a more victim centered process for IPV patients regarding reporting to law enforcement.

Patients experiencing IPV are referred to our program from the ED. All our nurses are SANE trained (or in the process of completing the traning). We document injuries, initiate safety planning and make them aware of community resources i.e. shelters, legal aid, counselling, police, Victims Services,etc.

IVP patients are treated and evaluated by ED staff unless there is evidence that needs collected. It is at that time that the SANE nurses may be consulted to assist the staff with documentation and photographs. We have adequate outside facilities for follow up and support however I do not feel law enforcement in our area takes this issue very seriously which in my opinion is a disgrace to women everywhere.

We have a stand alone forensic department (not located in the ED. We see SANE, DV, and child physical abuse patients in this dept. We collaborate (if needed) with the ED if the patient has medical needs.

We do not currently have something in place through our SANE unit, but do get consulted occasionally by the ED or physicians offices. We would love to incoporate it into our SANE unit –of course we need more staff and resources.

IPV patients are treated in our ED by physicians, RNs, social service, and police. In some circumstances, for example if they are a teen patient, they may also be referred to our Children’s Advocacy Center. A SANE is not necessarily brought in unless there is evidence/photos etc. to be collected.

IPV patients are seen in the ED by regular staff. There is nothing in place at this time to see this population although I am presently negotiating this with hospital management. Occasionally we are called to do photographs for documentation of injuries but this only happens at one of the three hospitals we serve and only for the most severe cases. Usually LE will do the photos.

CUrrently we only take care of patients dealing with IPV if they have been sexually assaulted. Otherwise they are seen by the ED staff.

We have a stand alone nurse program for IPV although all the examiners are also part of the SANE program. We are part of one of the Family Justice Centers with a nurse there every morning and on call in the afternoon. We are also on call 24/7 to see a patient in any one of the hospitals patient care units but usually are only contacted by EDs or L&Ds. Unfortunately many times they forget to call us.

Yes, our forensic(SANE)program does currently see patients who are victims of IPV in our Emergency Department, but not necessarily all IPV patients. Usually on a case-by-case basis and usually if law enforcement requests us to see them. We work very closely with our local law enforcement and IPV advocates to ensure these patients safety.

We see IPV patients as part of our SANE program, AND in the ED (consults by the Forensic nurses) AND anywhere else in the hospital they may be (a phone call to the Forensic office is all it take to send a Forensic Nurse to any floor for a consult).

Our SANE program only sees IPV patients if they are sexually assaulted. Other wise the ED sees them. Unfortunately, our ED’s do a poor job screening for this. One of my future goals is to improve this process and have the forensic nurses see more patients.

Our SANE program also only sees IPV patients if they are sexually assaulted. The majority of our ED clinicians see IPV patients, with very few hospitals having specialty services available.

Our forensic department sees all victims of violent crimes, sexual assault, IPV, elder and child abuse, trauma such as gunshot and stabbing incidents. We see the patients in the ED as well as throughout the facility. We are notified by phone or pager. We offer referrals to outside agencies if needed and provide info on IPV and safety plans.

Our patients see the emergency room physician first for physical injuries that may need to be addressed, we are then consulted for photography purposes only if requested, we are currently working with the ER phyicians on a better process for those that present with IPV issues.

IPV patients, if needing documentation or photographs, are seen by our on-call SANE staff in the ED. Since a patient advocate would also be present, they would be referred to the approapriate community resources or services: police, victims services, shelters, counselling, legal aid, , etc.

They are seen by regular ED staff nurses and physicians. They have been “encouraged” to call the SANE on call for forensic exam, photographs, documentation of injuries, etc.

Our stand alone community based Forensic Nurse Examiners Program is called upon by local police agencies to give comprehensive care to patients of DV/IPV, sexual assault and homicides. We are also blessed to have a excellent staff of advocates/councilors to help in the healing process.

SANEs would see if sexually assaulted as well. No specific IPV program at this time although plan to expand coverage to these cases in the future.

We see IPV patients within our SANE program if they have also been sexually assaulted. If not, they are seen by the ED staff and provided with additional community resources at that time.

I see IPV in the ED and with inpatients. We are now expanding our program to have our forensic examiners see IPV patients on the outpt and inpt status. This is very interesting and you really see once the pt is out of the ED how controlling some of these folks are. Our eyes are definitely being opened.

We see IPV in our ED through our SANE program. We live in a very rural area and have a small program so we do everything. Elder abuse, child abuse, vunerable adult, and IPV – as well as sexual assault patients.

Unless there is sexual assault related, which then would be seen by out SANE nurse, the emergeny department would handle all IPV. When patient are admitted and then disclose, usually the ED is consulted and the nursing supervisor handles the reporting. Currently our SANE program has just opened services to a third facility. It is the plan after the this facility is “settled” that the SANE’s will start responding to the ED’s for IPV exams. Data is being gathered on how many IPV patients disclose and would require an exam by the SANE for IPV. Thank you for the opportunity to share.

We have two SANE nurses in our ED. Our program was officially started about 8 months ago. We see any IPV and sexual assault cases in our county, but not children. We have a designated room away from the hustle and bustle of the ED that is locked, private and decorated for comfort of our patients. We spend approximately 3 hours with each patient and also call in a counselor from a nearby domestic violence and women’s shelter program to talk with the patient and offer them their services. I am proud of what we have started but we have a long way to go. Laura RN, S.A.N.E., EMT-P, I.C.

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