Forensic Nursing

The Aurora Difference

When You Need Help, Put Your Trust in Us

Forensic nurses at Aurora Health Care are available any time of the day or night. In 2016, we provided services to more than 1,400 sexual assault survivors. Our expertise from treating a high volume of survivors helps us provide information, care and compassion when it is most needed.

Forensic Nursing Services That Help Sexual Assault Survivors Start Healing

Aurora Health Care’s forensic nurse experts provide medical care and so much more to survivors. Our in-depth understanding of the laws and justice system means you can count on us to help you navigate your legal options. Even if you do not wish to press charges, we lend a caring ear and help you take the first steps toward regaining your sense of wellness.

Highlights of forensic nursing services at Aurora include:

  • Expertise: All forensic nurses receive ongoing training in meeting the medical, legal and emotional needs of sexual assault survivors. Many of our nurses are also certified sexual assault nurse examiners. This recognition signifies our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of forensic nursing.
  • Leadership: We serve as a resource to the community when it comes to raising awareness for sexual assault survivors. From participating in local health fairs to leading provider training, we are actively involved in many community-wide efforts. Find out more about community involvement.
  • Convenience: We make it easy for you to get the care and support you need without traveling great distances. Forensic nurse experts are available around the clock at nine locations throughout eastern Wisconsin. Learn more about our locations.
  • Specialized technology: We make it possible for you to pursue your legal options by collecting as much evidence as possible. Signs of sexual abuse aren’t always visible at first, which is why we use special technology to help gather evidence. All of our forensic nursing locations have high-resolution cameras that use ultraviolet light to detect even the slightest signs of injury. Read more: Why get help?
  • Medical treatments: In addition to care for minor injuries, we offer emergency contraception when necessary to help prevent pregnancy.

Come See Us

Get help at a healing center or forensic nursing location – you do not need an appointment.

New Facility

The Healing Center at Sinai Medical Center

Survivors seeking services at Aurora Sinai Medical Center receive care in our newest healing center. This facility offers a safe, calm environment tailored to meet the unique needs of survivors. Find out more about Aurora Sinai Medical Center.

The Aurora Healing Center at Sinai Medical Center offers:

  • A secure waiting room that is separate from other clinical areas
  • Access to comfort items, including couches, blankets, light snacks and hand-held tablet devices for entertainment
  • Large exam rooms with soothing décor that create a comfortable environment for performing a medical exam or just talking
  • A private, spa-like bathroom with a large shower, toiletries and towels for cleaning up after a medical exam

Our Services

Forensic Nursing Services for Survivors

At Aurora, you can receive more of the services you need in one program. Our team takes care of your immediate medical needs in the emergency room. Our forensic nursing experts help you start healing as soon as your medical care is complete. Find out more about our emergency room locations.

From pursuing legal action to protecting your health, the first steps in your healing journey include making a lot of decisions. Our role is to explain options and find out your preferences, so we can help you pursue the care and services that are right for you.

Our compassionate approach means we always respect your wishes. You are free to change your mind or ask for more information at any time. Find out more by reading our sexual assault survivor FAQs.

Our forensic nursing services include:

  • Forensic evaluation: During an evaluation, we perform a physical exam to detect signs of injury. We also collect images and document findings that can serve as evidence in a court case.
  • Emotional support: We lend a caring ear and help you stay comfortable during your stay. Our advocates help you plan the next steps in your healing journey. Learn more about survivor advocacy.
  • Legal advice: Our forensic nurses understand the laws that protect sexual assault survivors. We advise you of your legal options if you wish to pursue them.
  • Assistance in reporting the crime to police: If you wish to report the crime, we help you navigate the process and answer questions. Reporting is required only if the survivor is a child.
  • Testimony in court: Our forensic nurses are available to testify as expert witnesses if a case goes to court.
  • Referrals to other services: We coordinate access to additional services that can help you regain a sense of normalcy in your life. These services may include community resources, like safe shelter, or other services available through Aurora. Find out more about our healing services.
  • Preventive care: In addition to screening for sexually transmitted infections (STI), we also provide immediate treatment, which lowers your risk of complications. Common STIs we treat include chlamydia and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Privacy

Maintaining Your Privacy: Clear Your Browser History

You have a right to privacy, which means that no one needs to know about your past or that you are receiving help to move forward. If you have concerns that someone may see that you’ve been to our website, clearing your browser history can help you maintain your privacy.

Contact Us

We welcome inquiries from survivors, referring organizations and local agencies. Call our 24-hour hotline today.

Get Involved

Make a difference in the lives of the survivors we care for. Contact us for Volunteer Opportunities.

Come See Us

Get help at a healing center or forensic nursing location – you do not need an appointment. 

Make a Donation

Most of our services are available at no cost, thanks to generous donors.