A National Training Standard for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiners 2nd Edition: a training blueprint

In 2006, the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) released a National Training Standard for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiners (Training Standards) as a companion document to the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations: Adult/Adolescent (SAFE Protocol).  While the SAFE Protocol provided guidance for those who were responding to sexual assault victims, the Training Standards outlined the recommended training for healthcare clinicians to provide those healthcare services. 

Since 2006, there has been an update to the National SAFE Protocol in 2013 (SAFE Protocol 2nd Ed), which reflected changes in science and practice that had occurred over the 7 years since the original document had been written.  In 2016, OVW spearheaded the development of a National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations: Pediatric (Pediatric SAFE Protocol) to meet the unique healthcare and response needs of the prepubertal pediatric population.  In addition to these 2 sentinel document updates, there were also new releases and updates of documents reflecting changes in healthcare response to violence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), laws and evidence collection.  As a result of these developments OVW sponsored efforts to revise and update the Training Standards and on August 29, 2018 the Training Standards 2nd Ed. were released.

Presented by: Marnie Shiels, Attorney Advisor, Office of Violence Against Women & Kim Day, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, Forensic Nursing Director, IAFN

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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