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Justice Department Releases Protocol for Child Sexual Abuse Forensic Examinations

May 5, 2016

On April 28, 2016, the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) released “A National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic ExaminationsPediatric” (Pediatric SAFE Protocol). In 2004, OVW partnered with the International Association of Forensic Nurses to release a national protocol on responding to the immediate needs of adult and adolescent sexual assault victims. The new Pediatric SAFE Protocol provides evidence-based, trauma-informed recommendations for health care providers who conduct sexual abuse medical forensic examinations of children. It offers guidance for professionals and agencies—including law enforcement, prosecutors, crime lab personnel, victim advocates, and child advocacy centers—for facilitating medical forensic care when working with health care providers in cases of sexual abuse of children. Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason for the Office of Justice Programs and OVW Principal Deputy Director Bea Hanson have co-authored a blog post on the importance of the Pediatric SAFE Protocol.

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Read the press release about the Pediatric SAFE Protocol.


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