If a survivor of sexual violence chooses to seek medical attention at an emergency room within our 17 county service region, we can provide you with information and support while you are at the hospital. We have trained medical advocates available 24/7 who meet survivors at the emergency room. We can answer questions, explain what to expect, make sure you know your rights and help you to communicate with the medical and legal professionals providing you with care.
Most importantly, you should know that we value your confidentiality and your autonomy. We will never share your information without your permission, unless you tell us you plan to harm yourself or someone else, or you tell us that a child or vulnerable adult is being abused and we have identifying information about those parties. Regardless, you choose what information you want to share with us so that you stay in control. We won’t make decisions for you or tell you what you “should” do. We will be there to listen and help you weigh your options.
Additionally, if you decide to report to police or pursue a protective order, we can assist you with that process. Our crisis counselors are trained to assist you as you navigate these systems, which can feel overwhelming or confusing. Sometimes this means going with you to file a protective order. Other times it means helping you communicate with detectives or prosecutors about your case.