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Evaluating Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Programs

NCJ Number
Date Published
July 2013
4 pages
Publication Series
This toolkit provides guidance for a self-evaluation of sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) programs, in which specially trained nurses provide crisis intervention and emotional support, health care, injury detection, and treatment for sexual assault victims, as well as the collection of forensic medical evidence in the setting of a hospital emergency department or community-based clinic.
This article discusses the efforts of Michigan State University researchers to develop a toolkit that SANE programs can use to evaluate how they affect the prosecution of sexual assault cases in their communities and explains how to implement the user-friendly toolkit. It also offers ideas for using the findings to improve practice and enhance a program's positive impact on the reporting, investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases.

Date Published: July 1, 2013