Health Professionals

There is no requirement of a police report, citizenship, residence, or insurance status to receive a medical forensic exam. An interpreter can be provided by phone if needed.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Exam

If you would like to refer a patient within 30 days of an assault, please refer the patient to MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Emergency Department. If you have any questions, need assistance, or would like to speak with someone, please call the DC Victim Hotline at 1-844-4HELPDC.

IPV exams are conducted 24/7 at

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Emergency Department
110 Irving St NW
Washington, DC 20010

Click here to learn more about the IPV Exam.

If it has been more than 30 days, please suggest that the patient go to one of two Domestic Violence Intake Centers (DVIC) in the city. The patient will be able to meet with a DC SAFE advocate, ask questions, and be referred to appropriate services.

Sexual Assault (SANE) Exam

If you want to refer a patient within 96 hours of an assault, please call the DC SANE Provider Hotline at 866-977-7263 (Please note: this number is ONLY for healthcare professionals and members of law enforcement.  Victims should call our DC SANE Call Center Hotline at 800-641-4028).

SANE exams are conducted 24/7 at

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Emergency Department
110 Irving St NW
Washington, DC 20010

Click here to learn more about the SANE Exam.

If it’s been more than 96 hours, please suggest that the patient call the Network for Victim Recovery of DC at 202-742-1727 during regular business hours (9-5 Monday through Friday). They can connect the patient with a large number of other services.

*Click here for a list of medical facilities in Maryland and Virginia that provide medical forensic exams for victims of sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

If you are interested in becoming a forensic nurse, please click here to learn more about training options and requirements.