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Forensic Nursing

Forensic nursing serves as a link between the healthcare and legal systems. We are experts in caring for people who have been victims of violence or other abuse. We also collect evidence and provide impartial testimony that can be used in court.

Areas that our forensic nursing specialists address include:

  • Sexual assault. Rape and other forms of unwanted sexual contact can involve a stranger or someone you know, including a partner or date.
  • Domestic violence. This type of abuse can occur at the hands of a family member, spouse or intimate partner.
  • Child abuse. This abuse can take many forms, including physical and sexual assault as well as neglect.
  • Elder abuse. Mistreatment of older people is a significant cause of injury and suffering.

At Indiana University Health, we operate the largest forensic nurse examiner program in Indianapolis with nurses trained according to International Association of Forensic Nurses guidelines. Our forensic nurses are skilled not only in delivering medical care but also in identifying, evaluating and documenting injuries and interacting with legal authorities. We provide comprehensive services covering both the medical and legal aspects of trauma caused by violence or other intentional actions.

If you have been the victim of violence or other trauma, you need care that respects your unique needs and concerns. We provide medical treatment and emotional support while also anticipating criminal or civil issues that might arise from your situation.

We gather and preserve evidence using methods that ensure integrity for any legal proceedings that might follow, while always respecting your right to refuse forensic examinations. We also provide information to help you make decisions about reporting crimes and we provide referrals for further medical, emotional, psychological and legal assistance.

If you have been assaulted, take these steps:

  • Get to a safe place immediately.
  • Dial 911.
  • Seek treatment at the emergency department for physical injuries. Your care should include a medical forensic exam by a specially trained nurse.
  • Work with us on a discharge plan that includes a safe place to stay and follow-up counseling.

Our forensic nurse examiners have been specially trained in accordance with the International Association of Forensic Nurse Examiners standards of practice.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Forensic Nursing Treatment Information

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Forensic Nursing Locations & Physicians

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Forensic Nursing Support Services

These websites provide information about forensic nursing and various types of trauma.