Forensic Medical Services
In 1991, Palomar Health founded the Sexual Assault Response Team program. The program specializes in forensic medical evaluations and evidentiary examinations for adolescent, adult, and geriatric victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, strangulations, and/or any assault. The program has evolved into what has become fully-functioning, state-of-the-art Forensic Center with several specialized programs.
Sexual Assault Examination (SART)
In 1991, a group of nurses established SART in reaction to a local woman’s sexual assault; at that time forensic services were not available for adult victims.
Domestic Assault Forensic Examination (DAFE)
This program provides forensic medical evaluations and evidentiary exams of adolescent, adult, and geriatric victims of domestic violence and/or strangulation.
Forensic Assault Examination (FAX)
The exam is designed to collect physical and forensic evidence that could be helpful in a criminal prosecution.
Child Abuse Program (CAP) Services
Established in 1984 and accredited by the Child Advocacy Center of the National Children’s Alliance, Palomar Health’s CAP is one of 65 such programs in the state of California and only one of two in San Diego County.
Forensic Health Services specializes in the gathering of forensic evidence, providing compassionate and timely care to victims of
sexual assault and domestic violence. Specialty examinations include; domestic violence/strangulation, infant, children, adolescent adult and geriatric assault examinations.
Expert services provided:
- Acute forensic medical evidentiary exams
- Forensic videotaped interview of children and developmentally delayed adults
- Suspect exams for evidence collection
- Referral for follow-up treatment and services
- Expert testimony in court
- Coordination with law enforcement and advocacy service
- Community education / professional training
Our Team of Experts
The Forensic Health Services staff is composed of experienced and dedicated staff. Our experts work in a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to the investigation of child abuse and sexual assault, including law enforcement, prosecutors, child welfare services, and victim advocacy.
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