Assault Response Services
Avalon Healing Center offers immediate crisis intervention, advocacy and medical-forensic healthcare for survivors of sexual violence of all ages 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
A team of specially trained Forensic Examiners and advocates respond as a team to hospital and clinic sites throughout Wayne County and are available to provide immediate support, information, resources and referrals to survivors and their supportive loved ones.
Medical-forensic exams are offered in a confidential and quiet environment by compassionate, trauma-informed medical staff at no cost to the patient. Forensic examiners work to ensure patients know their options and all information available to make the best decision for themselves.
- The sexual assault happened within the prior 120 hours.
- Survivor is able to consent to the exam.
(or guardian is available to provide consent if applicable)
- Survivor wants to have the exam.
- Survivor is medically and psychologically stable.
- Medications to curb potential exposure to Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs) and pregnancy.
- HIV prophylaxis.
- Expert witness testimony.
- Medical follow up.
Advocacy & Crisis Intervention
Advocates offer confidential support to survivors as they navigate the trauma of experiencing sexual assault and systems involved in their care. Advocates ensure survivors are informed of and understand their rights and options, including medical and legal options and common responses to trauma; provide emotional support during their time at the hospital or clinic site; and provide resources and referrals to address immediate needs the survivor may be challenged with. This includes, but is not limited to, processing their reactions to their experience with sexual violence, safety planning, locating safe emergency shelter, and transportation.
If you have questions about Avalon’s Assault Response Services, please call our Crisis Number anytime at 313-474-SAFE.