Wisconsin Department of Justice

Launch of the Forensic Nurse Website

4.17.14

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces New Website Dedicated to Medical Forensics

 

Madison — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to announce the launch of the Forensic Nurse website beginning April 17th. This year the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) will facilitate, through grants received from the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), four statewide medical/forensic trainings, designed to sustain and expand the Sexual Assault Nurse Examination (SANE) programs in Wisconsin.

 

“As an ‘exist to assist agency,’ we are pleased to provide this online resource to nursing professionals statewide for the training and development of SANE professionals.  The website and training will have a positive impact on the reporting, investigation, and prosecution of sexual assaults,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.  “It also will enhance the medical and emotional care provided to victims of violence across Wisconsin.”

 

Victims of sexual assault depend on nurses, physicians, sexual assault service providers, law enforcement officers, victim/witness specialists and prosecutors to attend to their physical injuries, hold perpetrators accountable, and assist them in healing the emotional trauma resulting from these vicious crimes.  Healthcare professionals are among the first who come to the aid of sexual assault victims.  The professionals who treat sexual assault survivors are responsible for treating the patient’s physical injuries as well as collecting the physical evidence that is later used to identify, prosecute and convict perpetrators of sexual assault.  This is an essential step in protecting both the patient from further victimization and preventing other members of our communities from becoming victims.