Nurses to Provide Care to Sexual Assault Victims

first_imgFourteen specially trained registered nurses will provide immediate, on-call emergency care for victims of sexual assault at three sites in Antigonish and Richmond counties. The $110,000 announcement was made today, July 25, by Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac on behalf of Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. Providing timely, sensitive care to sexual assault victims is sometimes a challenge in emergency room departments. Under the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, a nurse is called immediately and can stay with the victim in the critical hours following an assault, providing emotional support and physical assessment. Nurses can also conduct a forensic examination and freeze evidence for up to six months, giving the individual time to make difficult decisions about reporting to police. “This initiative will allow Nova Scotians to have access to the right provider at the right time,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “The program is a wonderful example of community-based health care with partners coming together to address a need in their community.” The program will be run by the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre in partnership with the Guysborough Antigonish Strait District Health Authority and St. Francis Xavier University. It will be provided at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, the Strait-Richmond Hospital and Lindsay’s Health Centre for Women. “We are very pleased that the Antigonish SANE program has been approved,” said Lucille Harper, executive director Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre. It will help address the needs of sexual assault survivors in the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority district.” The program will operate based on the positive experiences of the SANE program in the Halifax metro area where the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre administers the program. The Department of Health is currently working with the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre to look at a model for the province.last_img read more