Department of Family Services - Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

703-324-5730
TTY 711

12000 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 339
Fairfax, VA 22035

Nannette Bowler,
Director

Hospital Accompaniment

Seeking medical attention after a sexual assault can be scary. Inova Fairfax Hospital’s Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team (FACT) provides medical and forensic examinations. At your request, a member of FACT will contact our 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline, 703-360-7273, upon your arrival to request accompaniment services, or you may call us directly. Our trained Hospital Accompaniment Advocates are available to you regardless of whether you report the assault to the police or not. Advocates provide emotional support, answer questions about your reporting options, stay with you while evidence is collected and share information about available resources. The Advocate’s role is to provide support prior to, during and after the examination.

We provide services to anyone who has experienced intimate partner/domestic violence regardless of race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation. Our services are offered free of charge to anyone who needs them.

When you’ve recently been sexually assaulted, you may CHOOSE or NOT CHOOSE to do any of the following:

  • have a SANE* exam in which a specially trained nurse collects forensic evidence after the assault. Note that most SANE exams must be conducted within 96-120 hours after the assault
  • report to the police
  • receive information and referrals for additional services
  • accept or decline any part of the SANE process

*A SANE exam is free, even if you don’t want to involve the police at the time of evidence collection. This allows evidence to be secured while giving you time to consider whether you want to report the assault. A patient who has requested and obtained a non-reported sexual assault medical forensic examination has up to 2 years to report the crime.

A Hospital Accompaniment Advocate will accompany victims of intimate partner violence or sexual violence who are receiving a forensic evidence collection exam to Inova Fairfax Hospital. Advocates are called to provide emotional support for the victim in a time of crisis and provide referrals and information as needed.