Victims of sexual or domestic violence may need more specialized care-- that’s the word from victims advocates. And Vermont has a special group of nurses trained to provide it.
They’re part of the SANE nursing program. SANE stands for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, better know as forensic nurses. Every emergency department in the state has at least one on-call but program coordinators and advocates are hoping to expand the program.
Raenetta Liberty is the clinical coordinator for the Vermont Forensic Nursing Program. For the past 10 years, she’s helped survivors of sexual assault and partner violence.
“It’s not always necessary or comforting for a patient to walk into an emergency department and tell the triage nurse, ‘I was sexually assaulted,’” Liberty said.