Saint Joseph Mercy Health System has been a leader in our response in identifying, treating, and connecting individuals who have been the victim of domestic violence, sexual assaults, abuse and neglect or dating violence.
For years, we have worked to address these crimes within our community by participating on county-wide coalitions, establishing ongoing committees, developing both hospital based and community-based response teams, creating policies to help address patients needs and our own employees who may be facing hurtful relationships.
SJMHS has received several grants to develop a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program that provides forensic evidence collection, links with mental health support and legal advocacy, and works with local prosecutors to help make our community safer. In addition, we have also received funding to increase staff awareness and response in our emergency room to victims of various family violence situations. Funding has also helped us to better understand the beliefs, attitudes and behaviors of our own staff so that we can continuously work towards providing the most compassionate and timely care for survivors of abuse and neglect.
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