Medical Evaluations are non-invasive comprehensive medical exams performed by certified health care providers with pediatric experience and child abuse expertise. The purpose of the exam is to ensure the health and well-being of the child, diagnose and treat medical conditions that may be related to abuse, document any significant physical and forensic findings, and allow for the collection of evidence that may be present on the child’s body or clothing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I schedule a medical evaluation for my child?
All medical exams are a part of an official investigative process and are scheduled through law enforcement or Child Protective Services. If you suspect your child is being abused, please click here for information about reporting suspected abuse.
Does the exam hurt the Child?
No, the exam does not harm the child. The exam is child-led, age-specific, and if at any point, the child feels uncomfortable the exam will stop.
Can I accompany my child during the exam?
The exam is performed with only the nurse and the child present in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.
Can a Forensic Nurse testify in court?
Yes, Forensic Nurses are medical professionals and provide another opportunity for the child’s words to be heard in a court of law.
They also help inform and educate the jury and judge about their findings and about the severity of the abuse that the child received.