The St.Vincent Center of Hope provides expert treatment, advocacy, legal services coordination and evidence collection and preservation for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. In a unique partnership between St.Vincent Indianapolis and St.Vincent Carmel, the St.Vincent Centers of Hope share an on-call team of sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) and forensic technicians who provide 24-hour coverage in three St.Vincent emergency departments.
A dedicated and private examination room is provided for these vulnerable patients, and specialized equipment has been purchased to collect and preserve evidence to assist in the successful prosecution of perpetrators.
The St.Vincent Indianapolis Center of Hope coordinator, who provides oversight for all three locations, works closely with law enforcement and the judicial system as well as with mental health and social service agencies to help victims access the services they need and to provide expert testimony that assists in securing convictions.
The Center of Hope is also actively involved in educating the community, health professionals and other law enforcement and child advocacy workers about issues related to sexual assault and domestic violence. In addition to the support provided by St.Vincent, this work is also supported by grants from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
For additional information, please contact Megan Brown at (317) 338-6629.