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SEEKING SUPPORT?
The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.

Emergency Care

If you have been raped within the past 96 hours ...

  • Get to a safe place. (For example -- someone’s home, the nearest hospital or police precinct)
     
  • Call 911 to be taken to an emergency room for medical care and/or for immediate police protection and assistance. A complete medical evaluation will include a physical examination, treatment, evidence collection, and/or counseling. Remember, you will not be made to do anything you do not want to do and may decline any of the elements of this evaluation.

    If you have been raped, it is important to seek medical care, especially if you have been physically injured. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries from the assault, there may be physical injuries that you cannot see, and medical and health centers can provide additional services such as testing for sexually transmitted diseases and emergency contraception.
     
  • When you call 911, explain what has happened and request to be sent to an emergency department that is a certified SAFE Center of Excellence. (See "What is a ‘SAFE Center of Excellence")
     
  • In the meantime, do not change clothes, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth. This is important for the evidence collection process that will occur at the hospital.

    If you seek to place a report with the police or press charges, it is best for evidence collection to occur within 96 hours of the rape.

    Keep in mind, though, that evidence collection does not require you to place a report with the police or press charges, it just preserves these options for the future.
     
  • Or, go directly to the nearest SAFE Center of Excellence Emergency Department. If you go to the nearest emergency department that that is not a designated SAFE Center, you can be transferred to the nearest SAFE Center of Excellence.

What is a "SAFE Center of Excellence"?

Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) services are considered the best and most victim-centered approach to acute health care for sexual assault patients. The New York State Department of Health certifies Emergency Departments as SAFE Centers of Excellence.

SAFE Centers provide sexual assault patients with:

1) Sensitive, victim-centered, medical and forensic health care performed by a specially trained Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE). A SAFE is a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, physicians assistant or nurse practitioner.

2) Care that is timely, compassionate, and patient-centered, in a designated and appropriately equipped private room.

3) Assurance about the quality of collection, documentation, preservation and custody of physical evidence by utilizing a trained and New York State Department of Health-certified sexual assault forensic examiner to perform exams. These examiners are available to provide expert testimony if patients choose to report crimes to law enforcement.

2) Psycho-social and legal support by a specially trained Rape Crisis Advocate or Counselor.

3) Reliable referrals to mental and physical health care and follow-up services.

Hospitals in New York City with SAFE Centers:

Manhattan

St. Luke’s Hospital (CHP)
Amsterdam Ave & W 113th St [Map]

Roosevelt Hospital (CHP)
1000 10th Ave [Map]

Beth Israel-Petrie Campus (CHP)
1st Ave & E 16th St [Map]

Bellevue Hospital (HHC)
1st Ave & E 27th St [Map]

Harlem Hospital (HHC)
506 Lenox Ave [Map]

Metropolitan Hospital Center (HHC)
1901 1st Ave [Map]

Mount Sinai Medical Center (Mount Sinai)
1 Gustave L Levy Pl [Map]

New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia (NYP)
622 W 168th St [Map]

New York-Presbyterian Hospital- The Allen Pavilion (NYP)
5141 Broadway [Map]

New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell (NYP)
525 East 68th Street [Map]

Brooklyn

Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center (HHC)
760 Broadway [Map]

Coney Island (HHC)
2601 Ocean Pkwy [Map]

Kings County Hospital Center (HHC)
451 Clarkson Ave [Map]

Bronx

North Central Bronx (HHC)
E 210th St & Kossuth Ave [Map]

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center (HHC)
234 E 149th St [Map]

Jacobi Hospital (HHC)
Eastchester Rd & Pelham Pkwy S [Map]

Queens

Queens Hospital Center (HHC)
82-68 164th St [Map]

Elmhurst Hospital (HHC)
79-01 Broadway [Map]

Staten Island

Richmond University Medical Center (IN)
355 Bard Ave [Map]