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Chapter 88, Laws of 2018 required the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy of Washington State’s Department of Commerce to:

Develop best practices that local communities may use on a voluntary basis to create more access to sexual assault nurse examiners, including, but not limited to, partnerships to serve multiple facilities, mobile sexual assault nurse examiner teams, and multidisciplinary teams to serve sexual assault survivors in local communities…

[And] develop strategies to make sexual assault nurse examiner training available to nurses in all regions of the state without requiring the nurses to travel unreasonable distances or incur unreasonable expenses…

To meet the intent of Chapter 88, Laws of 2018, this document proposes best practices that local communities may use on a voluntary basis to create more access to sexual assault nurse examiners and quality sexual assault responses for adult and adolescent victims. These best practices are informed by statewide interviews, surveys, and national literature reviews. Local communities are encouraged to adopt, tailor and add to them as they best see fit.

Resources

Contact Information

Tara Wolfe, MPA
Sexual Assault Services Program Manager
Office of Crime Victims Advocacy
tara.wolfe@commerce.wa.gov
Office: 360-725-2874
Mobile: 425-677-1298
OCVA Toll Free: 866-857-9889