What Does a Forensic Exam Involve?
If you are the victim of violence or assault, you need special attention to ensure you are medically safe and protected. In addition, it is important to gather evidence if you choose to report your crime to the police.
A forensic exam is completely private and includes a thorough assessment of any injuries sustained as the result of a violent act. We collect evidence, take photos of your injuries, answer all your questions and discuss your options. Due to the technical nature of the exam, it can take 2 to 3 hours to complete. Our forensic nurse examiners and physicians are specially trained to provide both medical and emotional support. They will ensure that you have access to all the resources you need, including follow-up medical care, referrals for advocacy and mental health services.
Access to FACT Services
Services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
If you are not safe call 911 immediately!
If you feel you have been the victim of a sexual assault or domestic violence and wish to report to the police please call 911.
If you are unsure if you want to report, please call the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-838-8238. Hotline staff is available 24 hours a day.
If you do not want evidence collected but are concerned about exposure to disease, please contact your primary care physician or local health department.