IU Health Arnett Hospital

Center of Hope celebrates first year

Community

November 13, 2019

On Tuesday, Nov. 12 we celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Center of Hope with a candlelight celebration in honor of all victims of assault served the past year.

In one year, The Center of Hope has served:

  • 45 victims of Sexual Assault; 11 were less than 18 years old
  • 20 victims of Domestic Violence
  • 10 victims of Physical Assault
  • 2 victims of Child Abuse

Opened in November 2018, the Indiana University Health Arnett Center of Hope is dedicated to caring for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and other violent crimes by providing compassionate, patient-centered, trauma-informed care delivered by highly skilled forensic nurses who perform forensic examinations.

Sexual assault and domestic violence can happen to anyone. It happens in our community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four women and one in nine men have been a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime. One in three women and one in six men have been a victim of sexual violence in their lifetime. One in four children have been the victim of abuse or neglect. Domestic violence occurs across the world and affects people at all levels of economic status.

“We want victims to know that they are not alone. Even if they do not wish to report the assault to law enforcement, we are trained and we can help,” stated Megan Shupe, BSN, RN, CEN, FNE at IU Health Arnett Center of Hope. “Victims deserve care and attention from a special group of professionals who are ready to help in their time of need.”

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