Service Animals and the Medical Forensic Exam: what are things for the SANE to consider?

According to Human Rights Watch, when compared with women without disabilities, women with disabilities are 3 times more likely to be physically or sexually assaulted (National Organization of Women). Survivors with disabilities face barriers to support that are similar for all survivors, with the addition of a wide range of unique barriers that may seem insurmountable for the survivor. Accessing medical forensic exam services should NOT be one of those barriers. In the US, there are half a million service animals assisting people with disabilities (Trainer, 2016). When a survivor of sexual assault presents to a healthcare facility for a medical forensic exam, and has a service animal- are you prepared to provide care to that patient? During this webinar Ashley Brompton from VERA Institute for Justice will; 1. Increase familiarity with survivors with disabilities and their use of service animals. 2. Analyze the legal rights of service animal handlers 3. Consider the complexities of working with survivors who have service animals 4. Outline some adaptations that might be helpful to employ in the exam process.

Presented by: Ashley Brompton, Kim Day, Angelita Olowu

The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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