Assaults that have occurred within the last 7-30 days should be initially assessed in an emergency department. If you are unsure of where to go contact the nurse examiner on-call through the answering service 24-hours a day, 425-258-9031. Clinic appointments are available during the week with a nurse practitioner for evaluation of sexual and/or physical assault and abuse, and follow up appointments from the emergency department. If you are concerned that your child or another person that you are caring for has been assaulted contact 425-297-5771 to arrange a referral and schedule an appointment.
If you have been assaulted within the last 7-30 days you should proceed to an emergency department for a medical forensic assessment. Providence Intervention Center has a team of forensic nurse examiners who specialize in forensic evidence collection, available 24 hours a day. The nurse examiner team responds to all emergency departments in Snohomish County for a wide range of forensic needs. Common services include sexual assault, elder or vulnerable adult abuse and neglect, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, unexplained or criminal trauma, alleged offender DNA collection, and pediatric methamphetamine exposure. The assessment may include several components: history, identification of injuries, medical intervention, and identification and collection of evidence. Commonly once the nurse has arrived in the emergency department, the assessment takes 2-3 hours depending on the nature of the evidence to be collected and extent of injuries. If the assault occurred within 72 hours, emergency contraception may be offered. In most cases prophylactic antibiotics are offered to reduce the risk of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. If you would like to speak to a nurse examiner, any time of the day or night, call the answering service and ask to have the nurse on call paged, 425-258-9031.
Persons (of any age) who have been assaulted within the previous 7 days should be initially examined in the emergency department. This insures appropriate care for acute injuries, identification and collection of forensic evidence, and medical intervention and treatment. Forensic Nurse Examiners are available 24-hours a day to provide these examinations at all emergency departments in Snohomish county. These registered nurses have received training in advanced examination and forensic techniques that enhance the sensitivity of the investigation. You do not need to contact the nurse examiner prior to sending the patient to the emergency department, the triage nurse will contact them.
For persons who have been assaulted over seven days prior, a Certified Nurse Practitioner is available to perform a comprehensive physical examination and forensic evidence gathering . These examinations are performed in a special environment at Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center. To schedule a non-emergent medical examination, please call: 425-297-5776.
If you have any questions regarding an assessment please contact the nurse practitioner through the answering service (425) 258-9031.
Our medical professionals are available to provide law enforcement agencies, schools, parent organizations, civic and service organizations, educators, medical groups, and religious organizations with consultations, in-service training or informational presentations on a wide variety of topics relating to sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence. Call 425-297-5780 for more information.