April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Published April 6, 2015
During the month of April, people raise public awareness about sexual violence to educate communities on how to prevent it and address it.
The Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse, a service of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, was founded in 1980 and provides community leadership and action that empowers and advances the roles, rights and well-being of our community.
The Center’s victim advocates and medical staff commit to ending sexual and physical violence and child abuse through prevention, education and community development.
The Center promotes emotional and physical healing for persons victimized by sexual and physical violence and child abuse.
Services include a 24-hour crisis line, general, medical and legal advocacy, medical and forensic examinations, support group services, individual therapy, community education, and referrals. The center assists survivors, their friends and family members in finding their own personal paths to healing.
Victim advocates are trained to listen and assist in problem solving, provide support and information on the 24-hour crisis line, in the emergency department and/or during legal proceedings.
Advocates can provide information about sexual assault and child abuse, your rights, medical and legal procedures, as well as referrals to peer support groups, therapists, medical providers and other community services.
Medical forensic examinations are available for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking and child abuse. Forensic nurse examiners are available 24 hours a day to provide these examinations in Snohomish County emergency departments. These registered nurses are trained in advanced examination and forensic techniques.
In addition to forensic examinations, follow up care including STD testing, injury healing and other medical services are available with a certified nurse practitioner in our clinic.
The Center works with child abuse professionals as a partner agency in Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center. Victim advocates, medical providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and mental health counselors are co-located in a family-friendly facility to help ensure sensitive, child-oriented interventions, interviews, investigations and treatment.
If you would like to speak with an Advocate, please call our free, confidential 24 Hour Crisis Line at (425) 252-4800.