Our experienced, skilled staff provides victims of sexual assault with the expert, sensitive care they urgently need following this kind of devastating trauma. All of our acute care hospitals have been designated by the New York State Health Department as Centers of Excellence to treat sexual assault victims.
How We Care For You
NYC Health + Hospitals has specially trained Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) approved by the New York State Department of Health in every hospital emergency room. Sexual assault victims receive care within one hour of their arrival.
The SART staff members at our Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Centers of Excellence have gone through intensive training and are approved by the New York State Department of Health. Their tasks include:
Properly identifying, collecting and storing forensic evidence.
Accurately documenting injuries.
Attending to the significant emotional needs of rape victims.
Forensic Examiners perform a thorough evaluation including a physical examination and medical history. This process ensures your health and safety and collects evidence of the crime. Rape Crisis Counselors help you recover from the physical and emotional trauma of sexual assault.
NYC Health + Hospitals’ assault recovery teams operate around the clock to minimize trauma to the victim and reduce the risk that critical evidence will be lost, damaged, or overlooked.