For all questions including assistance after an assault call 705-474-8600 ext. 4500 or email SADV@nbrhc.on.ca
The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Program and Treatment Centre at NBRHC is an individualized service available to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence. The program provides emergency health care and psychosocial support, as well as follow up care, by specially trained nurses.
The care provided to all victims and survivors is patient-centered and focuses on choices made by the victim/survivor. We are here to support you and help you do what you know is best for your overall health and well-being.
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence victims who come to North Bay Regional Health Centre for treatment will be provided care 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Upon arrival, you will be registered, and then a triage nurse will determine what your immediate needs are. Care will be provided only with the patient’s informed consent. You may consent to some, all or none of the care options. If you decline to consent, you will not be denied medical treatment. You may withdraw your consent to any of the options at any time during the visit. This initial care may include all or part of the following.
The Nurse Examiner is here for you only. They conduct and stay with you throughout the assessment, treatment and discharge phases of your care.
The Nurse Examiner takes a health history, examines you from head to toe, and provides medication to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. In addition, they offer medications to prevent Hepatitis B to those who aren’t already immunized and post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (the virus which causes AIDS). Testing for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections is also provided, and counselling is offered in relation to the range of possible reactions to sexual assault. If required and requested the nurse will collect forensic evidence that can be utilized in a police investigation or placed in a secure evidence locker for up to one year. Finally, the Nurse Examiner also ensures you are discharged to a safe place.
Follow up is available. The nurse clinican will always call to follow up, and from there survivors can choose
Sexual Assault in a broad definition is “ANY form of sexual activity with another person without their consent”
Intimate Partner Violence is any form of violence with someone who is or has been in a relationship. It may include physical assault, emotional, psychological, sexual and spiritual abuse. It can include threats to harm children, other family members, pets and property. The violence is used to intimidate, humiliate or frighten or make you powerless.
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence are traumatic events and can be disruptive to your life. YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME If you have been assaulted you may:
Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Treatment Centre is a program of the North Bay Regional Health Centre and is affiliated with the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.
The Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres is made up of 35 hospital-based centres that provide 24/7 emergency care to anyone who has been sexually assaulted or who are victims or survivors of domestic violence (intimate partner) abuse. Services include: emergency medical and nursing care, crisis intervention, collection of forensic evidence, medical follow-up and counselling and referral to community resources.
Recognizing that the effects of sexual and domestic violence are complex and cannot be met by any one agency, the program also works with community agencies to provide a continuum of care for survivors.
Sexual Assault Treatment Centre
Please contact the Department of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence for further information:
Tel: 705-474-8600 ex. 4478
Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre
North Bay Perry Sound District Health Unit
705-474-1400 ext. 2289
Nipissing Transition House
Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing
Crisis Intervention Program
Hands The Family Help Network
Children’s Aid Society
Crisis Centre North Bay
North Bay Police Service
Anishnabik Police Service
West Nipissing Police Service
North Bay Regional Health Centre Emergency Department
www.nbrhc.on.ca705-474-8600 ext. 4500
West Nipissing General Hospital
Mattawa General Hospital
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