Forensic Program

Assisting survivors of sexual assault & violence in New Orleans

The Forensic Program is located at University Medical Center New Orleans in the Emergency Department. To access service, please come to the 2nd Floor of the Emergency Department and request a forensic consult.

About our program

For over 17 years, University Medical Center New Orleans has been committed to providing trauma-informed care in a safe environment after an assault. 24/7 Forensic Services are provided at UMC for ages 15 & up by specially trained forensic nurses. For ages 15 and under, please contact the Children’s Hospital Audrey Hepburn Center by dialing 504.896.9237 or visiting chnola.org.

About a forensic medical examination

A forensic medical examination involving a sexual assault is free and confidential. For patients ages 17 and older, the police do not have to be notified. Upon arrival, please ask for a forensic consult and you will be immediately triaged.

A forensic medical examination may include evidence collection up to 5 days after a sexual assault. If it is more than 5 days since the assault, a patient can still participate in the medication portion of the forensic medical examination. A multi-disciplinary team approach is involved in the examination of physical trauma after a sexual assault.

The forensic nurse will provide one-on-one patient care for forensic medical examinations which may include:

  • Permission to participate in the examination
  • Patient advocate
  • Forensic evidence collection
  • Forensic photography
  • HIV/STD Testing & prevention medications
  • Laboratory Testing
  • Pregnancy Prevention Options
  • Clothing & toiletries provided after a shower
  • Referrals for follow-up services
  • A safety plan

A forensic medical examination is based on the decision(s) of the patient. Each patient is in control of which parts of the examination he/she would like to participate in.

About our forensic nurses

Our specially trained forensic nurses are experienced nurses who have successfully completed over 200 hours of training. Forensic Nurses at UMC follow the International Association of Forensic Nursing Educational Guidelines.

24/7 local confidential crisis hotlines

Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR)
855.435.STAR or 504.407.0711

New Orleans Family Justice Center
504.592.4005