Domestic Violence Program
6701 N. Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21204
Phone: 443-849-3323
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By providing choices of services in a confidential, non-judgemental atmosphere, with specially trained staff at no cost to the patient - we focus on re-empowering our survivors in order to begin the healing process and, in addition, work to end Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence in our community.
Linda Kelly, RN Linda Kelly,

Clinical Program Manager
The SAFE Program at GBMC is coordinated by Registered Nurses, who are specifically trained and certified by the Maryland Board of Nursing. They care for victims of sexual assault, age 13 and above and collect forensic evidence to be submitted to the Baltimore County Police Department Crime Lab. SAFE nurses provide these services in a private, secure suite which is separate from the GBMC Emergency Department, once the patient has been evaluated for other injuries by the Emergency Department Physician.

As a service to the victims of sexual assault in Baltimore County, the SAFE Program at GBMC has established a comprehensive service in conjunction with the Baltimore County Police Department, the Baltimore County State Attorney's office, local universities and sexual assault counseling providers to ensure victims are treated compassionately and respectfully. The SAFE Program is committed to providing community outreach and educational programs about safe dating and recognizing and dealing with violence in a relationship.

Forensic Nurse Examiners in the SAFE Program conduct a complete evaluation of the victim and provide necessary services, including:
  • Patient assessment
  • Collection of forensic evidence and documentation of findings
  • Antibiotic treatment to prevent transmission of sexually transmitted infections
  • Emergency contraception
  • Referrals to crisis counseling and other support services

Here are statistics from the GBMC S.A.F.E. Program as of January 2010:
  • 61% of GBMC forensic exams were conducted on victims 13-24 years of age
  • 27% of these examinations for sexual assault involved alcohol use
  • 54% of these assaults were reported to be perpetrated by a suspect known to the victim - most frequently after a social occasion of partying
  • Criminal penalties in the State of Maryland for sexual assaults range from 20 years to life in prison
Educational Opportunities

The Maryland Board of Nursing requires completion of the Forensic Nurse Examiner Adolescent/Adult course and subsequent clinical training to apply for certification as Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE-A). The course provided at GBMC is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON). Persons interested in becoming certified as an FNE-A must have a minimum of 18 months continuous experience in a clinical setting. To register for the course, click here and download our registration form.

The FNE-A (SAFE nurse) provides services for victims of sexual assault, ages 13 and above.

For children under age 13, contact:
Franklin Square Hospital Emergency Department
Pediatric S.A.F.E. Program
Pediatric Emergency Department

Domestic Violence Program
GBMC has recently launched a hospital-based domestic violence program to offer additional resources for patients who are identified as victims of domestic violence. Click on the play button to view a video of the launch press conference.








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