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The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre is a program of the Thunder
Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, also affiliated with the Ontario
Network for Sexual Assault.
Sexual assault is any form of sexual activity with another person without their
Domestic violence is abuse by an intimate partner, and may include physical
assault, and emotional, psychological and sexual abuse. It can include threats
to harm children, other family members, pets and property. The violence is used
to intimidate, humiliate or frighten, or to make you powerless. Domestic violence
may include a single act of abuse. It may also include a number of acts that
may appear minor or trivial when viewed alone, but collectively form a pattern
that amounts to abuse.
Both Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence are criminal acts.
If you or anyone you know are involved in a relationship where abuse is occurring,
we are here to help.
The SA/DVTC is an individualized 24-hour service available to victims and survivors
of sexual assault and/or domestic violence. The program provides emergency medical
and psycho-social treatment as well as follow-up care, by specially trained
The care that we provide is totally patient centred and focuses on choices
made by the victim/survivor.
Domestic violence and sexual assault survivors who present to the hospital
for treatment will be registered as emergency department patients and provided
care with a minimum of delay, by a duty nursing/medical staff and the Sexual
Assault/Domestic Violence Nurse(SA/DV).
An on-call nurse is called in for acute cases of sexual assault and domestic
violence. For non-acute cases, an appointment is made with the follow-up nurse.
The initial emergency department care will be provided only with the patient’s
informed consent. This initial care may include all or part of the following:
- Treatment of injuries
- Treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and pregnancy
- Reassurance and emotional support
- Collection of forensic evidence including photographs
- Risk assessment and safety planning
- Referral for medical follow-up
- Referral to social worker
- Referral to shelter, and/or other relevant community resources
- Police involvement
Follow-up is available. Should that choice be made, contact will be through
the Victim Treatment Centre (VTC) follow-up nurse. Patient registration for
follow-up is done through the VTC. The follow-up may include:
- Reassessment of injuries
- Further consideration of safety
- Continuing treatment and monitoring of STI’s
- Further photographs
- Appropriate referral(s)
Is your partner…
- Calling you names, putting you down, insulting you, ridiculing or isolating
- Slapping, punching, kicking or biting you?
- Threatening to harm you, the children, your pets or belongings?
- Threatening you with a weapon?
- Threatening suicide?
- Forcing you to have sex, withholding sex as a punishment?
- Not allowing you to work?
- Not allowing you access to family income, forcing you to beg for money, giving
you an allowance, withholding money, and not providing the necessities of life?
We can help…
- It is important to realize that you are NOT to blame.
- Sexual assault is a traumatic event that can be disruptive to your life.
It helps to talk to people.
- You may have trouble eating, sleeping and concentrating. You may feel anxious
about sexual matters.
- It is not unusual to feel isolated, helpless and angry, as well as fearful
and out of control. You may experience guilt, but you are NOT to blame.
- Parents, spouses, and friends will react to your experience. Some of their
reactions may be worrisome to you.
- Medical and counselling services are available to you, your family, and friends.
We can help…
Call (807) 684-6751
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