Hospital Advocacy

A person who has experienced sexual assault and seeks a sexual assault forensic exam (SANE exam) is met at the hospital by a trained professional advocate who is employed by NVRDC. The advocate provides support through the initial crisis phase and the recovery process, including assistance with crime victims’ compensation, housing, entry into counseling, follow-up medical care, and legal services. NVRDC is proud to partner with MedStar Washington Hospital Center, DC Forensic Nurse Examiners, and DC’s Office of Victim Services, who co-manage the DC SANE program, to provide this service.


If you would like to reach an advocate to receive a forensic medical exam for a sexual assault, you can reach us by calling the DC Victim Hotline at 1-844-4HELPDC (844-443-5732).