You don’t have to go through it alone.
Hospital Accompaniment is a service provided to anyone receiving care at Frederick Health Hospital in the aftermath of a sexual assault, domestic violence or human trafficking incident. This service is available for children and adults.
Medical Accompaniment Advocates are among the first to respond and offer support. At the request of survivors, our trained advocates respond to Frederick Health Hospital to provide advocacy, crisis intervention, and information on reporting options. They’ll be there to walk alongside you, should you choose, throughout the entire process, including a SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Exam) or DVFE (Domestic Violence Forensic Exam). For best evidence collection, these exams can be requested up to two weeks after an incident. However, medical attention can be sought after an incident at any time.
Your safety is our priority
We encourage anyone who has experienced an assault or abuse to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Assaults, especially incidents that include strangulation, can cause lasting effects and symptoms that can worsen over time. If you have experienced trouble speaking, swallowing, changes in your breathing, impaired vision, headaches, or other changes in senses after an attack, it’s important to promptly find medical attention.
For more information about Medical Accompaniment Advocates or Heartly House services, call our 24-Hour Hotline at 301-662-8800.
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Our online resources can help you to understand, identify, and prevent abuse.