Are you a victim of women abuse? Do you know where to go for help?
The Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital provides care for women, children and men who have experienced sexual assault/sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. A team of specialized nurses, doctors and social workers are available 24/7 to provide care at the time of the assault and in the months following the incident. There are many options for care and each individual can choose what he or she wants to do. Depending on the nature of the assault and the time since the assault, numerous services are offered:
- Emotional support
- Crisis intervention
- Physical exam
- Treatment of injuries
- Documentation/photographs of injuries
- Forensic evidence collection
- Pregnancy prevention
- Sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
- Risk assessment
- Safety planning
- Follow up
There are various ways to access the program:
- Go to St. Joseph’s Urgent Care Centre or any emergency department in London, Middlesex, Oxford, or Elgin Counties and aske to speak to the nurse on call for sexual assault/domestic violence.
- From Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, call the program at 519-646-6100, ext. 64224 (Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm) to book an appointment for medical care and/or counselling.
- After hours, call 519 646-6100, press "0" and ask switchboard to page the nurse-on-call for sexual assault and domestic violence
Shine the Light on Women Abuse
Shine the Light on Woman Abuse is an awareness campaign of the London Abused Women’s Centre. The goals are to raise awareness of violence against women by turning communities purple for the month of November. Purple is a symbol of courage, survival and honour, and has come to symbolize the fight to end woman abuse.