An exam may include:
- Complete head-to-toe medical examination
- Evaluation and documentation of injuries
- Forensic digital photography
- Assessment for injuries, such as strangulation (choking)
- DNA and other evidence collection
- Toxicology testing for drugs and alcohol
- Pregnancy prevention and sexually transmitted infection medications
- Advocacy and case management services provided by Network for Victim Recovery DC (NVRDC)
You have the right to a free, confidential exam, whether or not you report the incident to law enforcement.
To preserve evidence prior to an exam, try not to:
- Urinate or have a bowel movement
- Eat/drink or smoke
- Chew gum
- Change clothes
If you are considering pressing charges, you may bring items from the crime scene (in a paper bag) that could potentially be used as evidence.
To access the exam, please go to Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Emergency Department any time and ask for a SANE exam. If you have any questions or need a free Uber ride to the hospital, call the DC Victim Hotline at 844-443-5732.