Having a forensic exam can seem a little intimidating. That’s understandable. Knowing a little bit about what to expect can help you feel more comfortable with the process.
If you have been assaulted by a partner, spouse, caregiver, friend or family member, it can be challenging to come forward. It’s important to treat any injuries you may have so that you can continue to care for yourself and your loved ones. Mercy Medical Center offers medical forensic examinations to identify, treat, and document injuries.
The Forensic Nurse Examiner Program provides specialty services to patients reporting strangulation. Comprehensive patient assessment for patients who have been strangled (often referred to as “choking”) take place in the Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department. The program regularly uses an alternate light source during physical examination to aid in visualizing injuries.
Mercy Medical Center is a designated treatment center for sexual assault and domestic violence in Baltimore City, with 30 specially trained Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNEs) available 24/7 to care for victims of sexual assault (aged 13 and older), victims of domestic violence, elder/institutional and vulnerable populations abuse, neglect, and maltreatment.
Onsite crisis intervention and safety planning for patients seen at Mercy Medical Center.
24 Hour Hotline 410-889-7884
24 hours hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, legal aid, intervention for abusers.
24 hour hotline, group counseling, drop in center.
In an emergency call 911
Non-emergency services call 311
Free smartphone applications for patients and providers related to assessing safety in relationships.
24/7 Hotline for LGBTQI Survivors (English and Spanish): 212-714-1124
Serves transgender and gender nonconforming survivors of domestic and sexual violence; provides referrals to local counselors.
Text hotline: Text INFO or HELP to 233733 (BeFree)
Confidential hotline for victims of human trafficking. Available in over 170 languages.
Tip line (to report suspected trafficking): 866-347-2423
Maybe: Patients will not be billed for sexual assault forensic evaluations. Patients who choose to be seen by a medical provider only and not participate in forensic evidence collection will be billed for medical care provided. Patients or their insurance companies will be billed for medical screening, care and treatment related to interpersonal violence that does not involve sexual assault.
No: Patients do not need to speak to the police in order to have a forensic medical examination.
No: You can be seen in the Emergency Department for a sexual assault or interpersonal violence exam regardless of your immigration status.
Records can be released directly to patients with a signed release form. Your lawyer can also subpoena a copy or use in court if necessary. For questions or to arrange to get a copy of your records, please call the forensic nursing office at 410-332-9494.