If you have visited the Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre, it is normal to have some questions following the examination.
If you have specific questions, that are not answered here, please contact us. Please indicate if you want us to reply and how we can safely get in touch with you. If you are in crisis and need to speak with someone and it is after program office hours, please look at the front of your local phone book for crisis numbers in your area.
If you are wondering about domestic violence follow-up, here is a general outline of services available:
Initial visit: 48 hours after the first visit
Purpose: To see how you are doing emotionally and to do a physical examination to see how injuries are progressing. Photographs may be repeated, if you desire. Safety planning can be reviewed.
We can refer you to other agencies and services to meet your follow-up needs.
Stored domestic violence documentation
Some people are not sure if they want to report an assault to the police. They may decide to have the documentation and photographs of the injuries completed at the hospital, but stored confidentially while they think about it.
How to have documentation and photographs looked at by police
You will need to come to the Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre to sign a release of information (please contact us to arrange a convenient time) or sign a release with the police. We will then send the documents and the pictures to the police department. You will need to give a statement to the police about what happened. They then decide if they will begin an investigation.