Assault Response Services

Crisis Number.
Free. Confidential. 24/7
Crisis Number.
Free. Confidential. 24/7

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

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.

Criteria for a medical-forensic exam for ages 18 and up includes the following:
  • 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.
Click below to view our Pediatric Services section for more information on exams for survivors under the age of 18.
Pediatric Services
In addition to forensic-exams, Avalon’s medical staff also offers the following:
  • Medications to curb potential exposure to Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs) and pregnancy.
  • HIV prophylaxis.
  • Expert witness testimony.
  • Medical follow up.
Click below to view our Follow-up Clinic location.
Follow-up Clinic

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.

Click below to read the National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits
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Resources

RAINN
National Sexual Assault Hotline/Resources
800-656-HOPE
MCEDSV
Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence - statewide coalition
855-VOICES4
Polaris
National Human Trafficking Hotline
888-373-7888
Kids Talk
Our community’s Child Advocacy Center - referrals taken from LE, CPS and Avalon; non-acute response for children who have experienced physical, emotional, or sexual violence; or have witnessed domestic/sexual violence or homicide
724-785-7700
888-711-5465
Ruth Ellis Center
The Ruth Ellis Center provides trauma-informed services for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults ages 13-30. Ruth Ellis Center seeks to “create opportunities with LGBTQ+ young people to build their vision for a positive future”. Supportive services include integrated primary and behavioral health services, housing support for young people ages 12-17, advocacy and case management services for female-identifying youth, and drop-in services for recreational and social support of LGBTQ+ youth.
(313) 252-1950
[email protected]
LGBT Detroit
LGBT Detroit advocates for the visibility and health of Detroit’s LGBT community. They focus on youth and young adult development, sexual orientation, and gender identity education, advocacy, and support of the overall well-being of the community. Working with local, regional, state, and national partnerships, LGBT Detroit advocates for “making Detroit a safer place for all to work, play, and live, without fear and malice”. The agency provides 15 programs including healing and supportive services, gender-centered support groups, leadership academies, political and civic engagement opportunities, substance misuse services, and health research partnerships.
(313) 397-2127
[email protected]
SAGE Metro Detroit
SAGE Metro Detroit advocates for “programming, events, and services for LGBTQ+ older adults in metro Detroit and surrounding communities". Their work seeks to empower and support LGBTQ+ older adults through community trainings, local and state advocacy efforts, hosted events, and the creation of the Rainbow Resource Guide to promote awareness, share information, and deter discrimination.
(734) 681-0854
[email protected]
Affirmations
Affirmations was established in 1989 to provide space for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. Affirmations works to “fight for acceptance and basic human rights for our LGBTQ+ community”. Offering numerous virtual and in-person group meetings, mental health and counseling services, relationship and sexual health, rehabilitation services, addiction support, housing services, parenting resources, and domestic violence connective support.
(248) 398-7105
[email protected]