Trained Heartly House medical accompaniment advocates respond to Frederick Health Hospital, at the request of clients to provide support, advocacy, crisis intervention and information on victim reporting options to clients. Clients who have experienced a rape or sexual assault can request a SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Exam), up to two weeks after the incident for best evidence collection. Clients who have experienced injuries or strangulation from an intimate partner can request a DVFE (Domestic Violence Forensic Exam). We encourage anyone who has experienced an assault or abuse to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If an incident has ever included strangulation, there can be lasting effects and symptoms that can worsen over time. If you have trouble speaking, swallowing, changes in your breathing, impaired vision, headaches or other changes in senses or abilities we highly encourage seeking medical attention.
Medical Accompaniment Advocates are the first responders for clients and are an integral part of the Sexual Assault Response Team that serves victims during a forensic examination. Our Medical Accompaniment advocates will also follow up with our clients to provide further support, services, and resources.
This service is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Clients can request a Medical Accompaniment advocate to accompany them during their exam by calling our 24-hour Hotline – 301-662-8800.