Sexual Assault Treatment Centre

If you require emergency medical assistance, please call 911

For all questions including assistance after an assault call 705-474-8600 ext. 4478

It is important to realize you are NOT to blame

The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Program and Treatment Centre at NBRHC is an individualized service available to victims and survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, including sexual violence and domestic violence. The program provides emergency health care and psychosocial support, as well as follow up care, by specially trained nurses.

The care provided to all victims and survivors is patient-centered and focuses on choices made by the victim/survivor. We are not here to tell you what you should do. We are here to support you and help you do what you know is best for your overall health and well-being.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence victims who come to North Bay Regional Health Centre for treatment will be provided care 24 hours a day 7 days a week, without delay, by a specially trained nurse (SANE).

What happens to me when I arrive at the Emergency Department?

Upon arrival, you will be registered, and then a triage nurse will determine what your immediate needs are. Care will be provided only with the patient’s informed consent. You may consent to some, all or none of the care options.  If you decline to consent, you will not be denied medical treatment. You may withdraw your consent to any of the options at any time during the visit. This initial care may include all or part of the following.

  • Treatment of injuries
  • Assessment and documentation of injuries
  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and Drugs
  • Treatment to prevent pregnancy (Morning after pill)
  • HIV post exposure prophylaxis (only available within 72 hours of sexual assault)
  • Baseline testing and follow up testing for STI’s, Hepatitis B, C, HIV
  • Collection of forensic evidence, including photographic documentation
  • Risk assessment and safety planning
  • Follow examination, crisis intervention, phone consultations
  • Medical follow up referrals
  • Referral to individualized counseling
  • Police involvement (with your permission we can help you make the call to request police assistance). We will also support your decision not to involve police.
  • Referral to community resources such as emergency housing, counseling, victim assistance and many others.
  • Confidential, sensitive, non-heterosexist approach
  • Preservation of evidence for up to 6 months

What does the Nurse (SANE) Examiner do?

The Nurse Examiner is here for you only. She conducts and stays with you throughout the assessment, treatment and discharge phases of your care. 

The Nurse Examiner takes a health history, examines you from head to toe, and provides medication to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. In addition, she offers medications to prevent Hepatitis B to those who aren’t already immunized and post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (the virus which causes AIDS). Testing for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections is also provided, and counselling is offered in relation to the range of possible reactions to sexual assault. If required and requested the nurse will collect forensic evidence that can be utilized in a police investigation or placed in a secure evidence locker for up to 6 months. Finally, the Nurse Examiner also ensures you are discharged to a safe place.

During Optional Follow-Up

Follow up is available. An initial follow up phone call is made, if that choice is made. From there victims/survivors can choose

  • Reassessment of injuries
  • Further consideration for safety
  • Continuing treatment for HIV and monitoring of STI’s
  • Further photographs
  • Appropriate referrals

What You Should Know

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence are traumatic, events can be disruptive to your life. If you have been assaulted you may;

  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Feel anxious
  • Feel isolated, helpless and angry, as well as fearful and out of control
  • Experience guilt YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME
  • Be worried about how family, friends, co-workers or community may react to your experience.

The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Program can help you with your healthcare and physcosocial needs. Services provided are fully confidential, and we only provide the help and support you need. 

Our only concern is to ensure you have the help and support you need, when you need it most.

It helps to talk to people. Call 705-474-8600 ext. 4478 to talk to one of your specially trained nurses about any questions you have about our services or your particular situation. We can also help if you have concerns about a friend or loved one involved in a relationship where abuse is occurring.

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault is “any form of sexual activity with another person without their consent”

Domestic Violence

Intimate Partner Violence is any form of violence with someone who is or has been in a relationship. It may include physical assault, emotional, psychological, sexual and spiritual abuse. It can include threats to harm children, other family members, pets and property. The violence is used to intimidate, humiliate or frighten or make you powerless.

Both Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence are criminal acts

Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Treatment Centre is a program of the North Bay Regional Health Centre and is affiliated with the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

The Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres is made up of 35 hospital-based centres that provide 24/7 emergency care to women, children and men who have been sexually assaulted or who are victims or survivors of domestic violence (intimate partner) abuse. Services include: emergency medical and nursing care, crisis intervention, collection of forensic evidence, medical follow-up and counselling and referral to community resources.

Recognizing that the effects of sexual and domestic violence are complex and cannot be met by any one agency, the centres also work with community agencies to provide a continuum of care for survivors.

Sexual Assault Treatment Centre

Contact us:

Please contact the Department of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence for further information:

705-474-8600 ex. 4478

Community Services:

Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre
www.ameliarising.ca
705-476-3355

North Bay Perry Sound District Health Unit
www.myhealthunit.ca
705-474-1400 ext. 2289
1-800-563-2808

Nipissing Transition House
705-476-2429

Victim Services
www.victimservicesontario.ca
705-472-2649

Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing
www.cccnip.com
705-472-6515

Crisis Intervention Program
www.nbrhc.on.ca
1-800-352-1141

Hands The Family Help Network
www.thefamilyhelpnetwork.ca

Children’s Aid Society
www.parnipcas.org
705-472-0910

Emergency Services:

Call 911

North Bay Police Service
705-472-1234

OPP
705-495-3878

VCARS
www.vsnd.ca
705-472-2649

Anishnabik Police Service
705-472-0270

West Nipissing Police Service
705-753-1234

North Bay and Area Victim Services
www.victimservicesnipissing.com

North Bay Regional Health Centre Emergency Department
705-474-8600 ext. 4500

West Nipissing General Hospital
705-753-3110

Mattawa General Hospital
705-744-5511

Resources/Information on Sexual Abuse

Resources/Information on Sexual Abuse

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Sexual Assault Treatment Services

Sexual Assault Treatment Services

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North Bay

50 College Drive,
P.O. Box 2500
North Bay, ON
P1B 5A4
Tel: 705-474-8600

Sudbury

680 Kirkwood Drive,
Sudbury, ON
P3E 1X3
Tel: 705-675-9193
Fax: 705-675-6817

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