Are you a doctor? Nurse? Midwife? Physician's Assistant?
CVTC Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE Examiners) provide compassionate and expert medical care to survivors of sexual assault who seek treatment at our Emergency Departments. CVTC SAFE Examiners receive rigorous training and enjoy a flexible, self-selected on-call schedule to Mount Sinai West and St. Luke's Hospitals. CVTC provides a stipend for each completed SAFE Case, and reimbursement for travel to and from the Emergency Department.
Why become a SAFE Examiner?
When someone is sexually assaulted, the people with whom they interact immediately following the assault have a profound impact on that individual's healing process. Being met in the Emergency Department by a medical provider who is compassionate, empathetic, and trained to collect forensic evidence in a supportive way, can make all the difference for a survivor. Individuals who are treated by a SAFE Examiner in the ED are far more likely to connect with the healing services offered at CVTC.
Additionally, SAFE Examiners are trained to expertly detect and collect any forensic evidence that the perpetrator may have left behind. In a sexual assault, the survivor's body is in essence the crime scene, and forensic evidence will give the survivor an advantage when seeking justice in the Criminal Court system, should s/he so choose.
How do I become a SAFE Examiner?
If you've been a practicing medical provider for over a year you can apply to become a New York State Certified Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner. The CVTC SAFE Training Institute, established in 2011, is certified by New York State to provide the 40-hour training required to become a SAFE Examiner. It is a rigorous and multifaceted curriculum that takes place over one week, and is followed by precepting sessions with a licensed Nurse Practitioner.
Currently, the CVTC SAFE Training Institute is not offering a course. In the meantime, contact the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, which offers NYS DOH Certified SAFE training courses on a regular basis.
If you're interested in becoming a NYS Certified SAFE Examiner with CVTC and would like more information, call Sally Clayton at (212) 523-4367, or fill out the form below.