Medical Attention

Options for medical care depend on the type of violence that has been experienced, how long ago the violence occurred, and the services that the victim/ survivor would like to seek out. To learn more about medical care options or to have a confidential advocate accompany you to the hospital or medical appointments, please call 336-278-3333.

Sexual Assault (Within 5 Days)

Receiving medical attention immediately after an assault gives survivors the most options for protecting their health and gathering information if the survivor decides to pursue legal charges. For accompaniment and advocacy call Safeline at (336) 278-3333.

IMPORTANT: To collect the best evidence the survivor should not shower, change clothes or use the bathroom before receiving the sexual assault forensic exam. If needed, put clothing that was worn during the assault in a paper bag to protect evidence collection. The Coordinator for Violence Response, Julia Metz, can help organize getting clothing and toiletries to survivors at the emergency room.

Victims and survivors can choose to have a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence exam (SAFE exam). Medical care includes:

  • STI-prevention medication and STI testing
  • Pregnancy prevention and testing (if applicable)
  • Attention to any related injuries
  • Combing & brushing hair, under finger nails, and pubic area
  • Photos of injuries related to assault
  • Pelvic exam (if applicable)
  • Swabs of areas with possible DNA
  • Collection of clothes that were worn during the assault

Sexual Assault (After 72 Hours)

Many survivors choose not to report or seek medical attention right away. Survivors still have the option to seek medical attention. The type and extent of medical attention will depend on the amount of time since the assault and any related concerns that the survivor has. For accompaniment and advocacy call Safeline at (336) 278-3333 or contact the Coordinator for Violence Response, Julia Metz. Possible medical attention can include but is not limited to:

  • STI testing and treatment
  • Attention to any related injuries
  • Pelvic exam (if applicable)
  • Pregnancy testing (if applicable)

Medical Attention for Concerns Related to Other Violence

Survivors and victims of violence that was not sexual in nature can get medical care. Medical care will be dependent on the injuries and concerns of the individual seeking medical attention. Receiving medical attention immediately after the violence occurs gives survivors the most options for protecting their health and gathering information if the survivor decides to pursue legal charges. Julia Metz, Coordinator for Violence Response, or another confidential violence responder can accompany you to the hospital at any time. For accompaniment and advocacy call Safeline at (336) 278-3333.

Medical attention for non-sexual violence can include but is not limited to:

  • A physical
  • Treatment of any related injuries
  • Documentation of injuries
  • X-rays, labs, etc. related to possible injuries

Where to Receive Medical Care:

For Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Exams (SAFE exams):

  • Alamance Regional Medical Center- 1240 Huffman Mill Rd, Burlington, NC 27215
    Phone: 336-538-7000
  • Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital- 1200 N Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401
    Phone: 336-832-7000

For STI prevention and testing emergency contraception, physical injuries, gynecological care, and/ or other treatment:

  • Elon University: R. N. Ellington Center for Health and Wellness at 301 South O’Kelly Avenue, Elon NC 27244
    Phone: 336-278-7230
  • Alamance Regional Medical Center at 1240 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington North Carolina 27215
    Phone: 336-538-7000
  • Moses Cone Memorial Hospital at 1200 North Elm Street, Greensboro North Carolina 27401
    Phone- 336-832-7000

For more Information on SAFE Exams and Concerns Related to Health:

  • Call Safeline at 336-278-3333
  • Contact Julia Metz, Coordinator for Violence Response, at jmetz2@elon.edu
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