Opened in November 2018, the Indiana University Health Arnett Center of Hope is dedicated to caring for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and other violent crimes by providing compassionate, patient-centered, trauma-informed care delivered by highly skilled forensic nurses who perform forensic examinations.
The one-year celebration will be held on Tuesday, November 12 under the Banyan Tree at IU Health Arnett Hospital, 5165 McCarty Lane, entrance 4. Remarks will begin at 5:30 pm with a candlelight celebration in honor of all victims of assault served the past year.
Sexual assault and domestic violence can happen to anyone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four women and one in nine men have been a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime. One in three women and one in six men have been a victim of sexual violence in their lifetime. One in four children have been the victim of abuse or neglect. Domestic violence occurs across the world and affects people at all levels of economic status.
“We want victims to know that they are not alone. Even if they do not wish to report the assault to law enforcement, we are trained and we can help,” stated Megan Shupe, BSN, RN, CEN, FNE at IU Health Arnett Center of Hope. “Victims deserve care and attention from a special group of professionals who are ready to help in their time of need.”
A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) or Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) are nurses who have obtained additional education and clinical experience to perform forensic-medical examinations and evidence collection.
The Center of Hope is located within the IU Health Arnett Emergency Department located at 5165 McCarty Lane, Lafayette. For urgent needs, please call 911 or 765.838.5100.