Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Services at Methodist Hospital
Call (402) 354-4424 for 24-hour help or advice
Sexual assault and domestic violence services are available 24 hours per day, every day of the year, and are located adjacent to the Emergency Department to ensure privacy.
Sexual assault and domestic violence can happen to anyone
In an effort to support survivors after traumatic events, the Methodist Heidi Wilke SANE/SART survivor program has the most experienced program in the area - we offer specially trained Forensic Nurse Examiners, a comfortable and private exam space equipped with cutting-edge technology.
From start to finish, we walk survivors through the process. Their safety and sense of well-being are our highest priorities. We’re dedicated to physical and emotional recovery, and we’re determined to provide survivors the resiliency they need to regain control and feel whole again.
What you need to know before you arrive
When and where a survivor seeks help are deeply personal decisions. Any time is the right time, and we are standing by when you’re ready. But seeking treatment within 120 hours (five days) of an assault is critical for:
- Medical assessment and screening
- Identification, care, and documentation of injuries
- Evidence collection
- Preventive treatment for common sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV
- Emergency pregnancy prevention
- Emotional support
If possible, do not change clothes, bathe, shower, use the restroom or cleanse in any way prior to your examination. Try not to eat, drink or smoke before an exam. Evidence collection is still possible even if you have done any of the above and should not prevent you from seeking care.
What to expect at the hospital
We understand that each case is different. Every survivor has unique needs and requires individualized attention and treatment.
During an exam, a Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) who is part of our sexual assault response team (SART) will complete a Medical-Forensic Examination. This may include:
- Complete medical history
- Evidence Collection including:
- Fingernail and oral swabs
- Pelvic exam
- High-definition photographs with the Cortexflo camera, a specialized system used for injury documentation and photo enhancement
- Medical screening by an Emergency Department Provider
We ensure that every exam is done with absolute precision and accuracy, avoiding invasive measures that may compromise a survivor’s comfort and sense of security. Survivor care does not end when the exam does. Follow-up care and counseling referrals are available at the Methodist Community Health Clinic, at 26th Avenue and Douglas Street in Omaha.
Discuss with the Forensic Nurse Examiner about your reporting options to law enforcement. Nebraska law allows most adult survivors the ability to seek medical care, have evidence collected and report anonymously to law enforcement if they choose. This gives survivors time to decide whether they want to pursue legal action. This does not apply to minors or in cases where the survivor is severely injured. Iowa has a similar anonymous reporting provision.
8303 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68114