Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
OVC provides strong leadership in promoting the development of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs and Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs), which profoundly improve the quality of care provided to sexual assault victims. To address the need for SANEs in rural areas, OVC funded the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services (FRIS) to assess the viability of a mobile SANE unit that would provide medical forensic services to sexual assault victims and to develop a project implementation plan. In Fiscal Year 2003, FRIS received a supplemental award to implement the project and conduct the following activities:
- Develop a strategic plan.
- Formalize memorandums of understanding with participating hospitals.
- Select the project's administrative body, and develop and deliver a series of training sessions for sexual assault advocates and SANEs participating in the project.
A regional mobile SANE project evolved from these efforts. On-call SANEs served multiple hospitals in a four-county region of West Virginia. The OVC funding for this project ended in September 2005, and the SANE program is still operational. Under the project, FRIS developed a replication guide that will serve as a technical assistance document for rural communities interested in developing a mobile SANE program. View Implementing SANE Programs in Rural Communities.
For more details, visit the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services Web site.