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-judgmental 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.
Laura Clary, RN Laura Clary,

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 rape, sexual assault, child abuse, and intimate partner violence. The SAFE nurses perform detailed medical-forensic examinations, documentation and collect forensic evidence to be submitted to the Baltimore County Police Department Crime Lab. These services are provided 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 partnership in conjunction with the Baltimore County Police Department, Child Protective Services, 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 internet safety, safe dating and recognizing and dealing with violence in a relationship.

Forensic Nurse Examiners in the SAFE Program offer round-the-clock coverage, 365 days a year. There is always a Forensic Nurse available when a patient is in need. Members of the team 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

If you have been the victim of an assault, DO NOT take a shower as this washes away potential evidence. For more information about the preservation of crucial evidence, please view the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) website’s Aftermath of Sexual Assault: Preserving & Collecting Forensic Evidence page.

Support from the Community

GBMC SAFE has had exceptional support from the Greater Baltimore community. Through generous donations, we are able to provide our patients with new clothes and toiletries, should they wish to shower before they leave.

Here are statistics from the GBMC SAFE Program as of January 2013:
  • 64% of GBMC forensic exams were conducted on victims 13-24 years of age.
  • 45% of these examinations for sexual assault involved alcohol use.
  • 72% of these assaults were reported to be perpetrated by a suspect known to the victim - most frequently after a social occasion of partying.
  • Alcohol remains the #1 Date Rape Drug.
  • Criminal penalties in the State of Maryland for sexual assaults range from 20 years to life in prison.

Educational Opportunities

The SAFE program offers educational outreach in public and private schools to teach SAFE dating and the importance of personal responsibility. In the 2013-2014 school year, GBMC SAFE presented to over 1,100 students in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

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, please click this link for more information.

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

To register for the Forensic Nurse Examiner Pediatric (FNE-P) course, please click this link for more information.

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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