24/7 Coverage for Crime Victim Services
Our Forensic Nurse Examiner Program provides 24/7/365 coverage at Kootenai Health. Funding for these services is made possible through grants, hospital funding, and contributions made by generous supporters of the Kootenai Health Foundation.
Our team of forensic nurse examiners provide specialized care for anyone who has experienced:
- Sexual assault or abuse
- Intimate partner violence
- Physical assault/battery
- Domestic violence
- Child abuse and neglect
- Vulnerable adult abuse and neglect
- Human trafficking
- Gunshot or stabbing victims
- Other crime types
Medical-forensic examination is performed by Forensic Nurse Examiners or FNEs (formerly referred to as our Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners or SANEs). FNEs are registered nurses with specialized training to provide holistic medical-forensic services to patients across the lifespan in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
Services we provide:
- Medical-forensic evaluation
- Injury assessment and documentation
- Forensic photography
- Evidence collection
- Assistance with reporting to law enforcement, when requested (be aware some cases require mandated reporting)
- Sexually transmitted disease (STI) testing
- Preventative sexually transmitted disease (STI) treatment
- Baseline pregnancy testing
- Emergency contraception
- Connection with advocacy agencies
- Safety planning
- Referrals for follow-up care
- Court testimony
Our services are available all day, every day. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To access our services, go to the emergency room at Kootenai Health.
What to expect:
When you arrive to the emergency department, you will check in with the first nurse. Let them know what you are being seen for. You will be asked basic questions about your health history and staff will take your vital signs. If you have any emergent medical needs, those will be addressed by the ED staff. Staff will then notify the FNE. In some cases, based on injury or condition, staff will contact the FNE for services even if you are unable to request services. Together, you and the FNE, you will decide which of our services are right for you. The medical-forensic examination can take a few hours to complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long does an exam take?
- Medical-forensic examination can take anywhere from 3-5 hours to complete, depending on severity of injuries and various other factors.
- How soon should I be seen after a sexual assault?
- Evidence for a sexual assault exam can be collected up to 120 hours after the assault for patients 14 and older and 72 hours for those under age 14. We can still provide other services even if outside that window.
- For all crimes, it is best to be seen as soon as possible.
- When will I get the results of the evidence collection?
- DNA and toxicology evidence is collected and sealed by the FNE at Kootenai Health. It is then submitted as evidence to law enforcement and sent to the Idaho State Crime Lab. Kootenai Health does not receive results from these collections. Once results are available, the law enforcement agency handling the case is notified. Be aware, anonymous kits are not submitted for testing. An evidence kit cannot be tested if no report is made to law enforcement.
- How much does this cost?
- Costs can depend on a variety of factors.
- Sexual assault examination is covered through Crime Victim’s Compensation, see Sexual Assault Forensics Examinations for more information.
- For all other crimes, Kootenai will help all patients regardless of their ability to pay. Kootenai accepts all commercial insurance providers as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
- Victims of crime may also be eligible for assistance from Crime Victim Compensation. See Benefits You May Be Eligible For for more information.
Local Resources for Crime Victims
Safe Passage: Local organization providing free and confidential support, connection to resources, and crisis intervention for adults and children affected by domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking. Safe Passage also house the Children’s Advocacy Center.
Access help with their 24/7 crisis line: 208-664-9303 or text: 208-449-7228
Post Falls Police Department’s Victim Services Unit: Provides support and resources to all victims of crime with specialization in domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse cases.
Access help with their 24/7 Crisis Line at 208-773-1080. If an emergency, call 911.
City of Coeur d’Alene- Victim Services Unit: Supporting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and sexual abuse of children
Access help with their services at (208) 769-2220 ext. 856. If an emergency, call 911.
Coeur d’Alene Tribe: Stop Violence Program: The program provides services for those living within the service area of the Coeur d’Alene Reservation who are currently or have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, and/or stalking.
Access help with their services at 208-686-6802. If an emergency, call 911.
Shoshone County Crisis Center: Provides resources to assist any victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or violent crimes in Shoshone County.
Access help with their 24/7 Crisis Line: 208-556-0500
Bonner County- Victim Advocate Services Team (VAST): Based out of the Bonner County Prosecutor’s Office, they provide services to victims of all crime, though predominantly victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
ccess help with their 24/7 Crisis Line: 208-265-3586. If an emergency, call 911.
LillyBrooke Family Justice Center: Bonner County: Providing free services for victims of child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, elder abuse and domestic violence. Collaborating with multiple agencies all located at one secure, safe, and welcoming location.
Access help with their services at 208-265-3586. If an emergency, call 911.
Boundary County Victim Services: Assists all crime victims in Boundary County.
Access help with their 24/7 Crisis Line: 208-267-5211
Priest River Ministries Advocate for Women: Local organization providing free and confidential support, connection to resources, and crisis intervention for women and children affected by domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking.
Access help with their 24/7 Crisis Line: (208) 290-6529
Lutheran Community Services Northwest: Spokane: LCSNW supports anyone who identifies as a crime victim. There are no legal burdens for victimization to be met. Services are free and available to anyone. They have a Spanish-speaking advocate available and other language needs can be met through a free interpreter service.
Access help with their 24/7 crisis line: sexual assault: 509-624-7273 (texting available during business hours); all other crime types: 509-747-8224; Online chat also available
YWCA Spokane: Free & confidential services for those impacted by intimate partner domestic violence.
Access help with their 24/7 crisis line: 509-326-2255 or text 509-220-3725
State Resources for Crime Victims
Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance: Idaho 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-669-3176
Reporting Neglect, Abuse, or Abandonment | Idaho Department of Health and Welfare: Report suspected child abuse or neglect: 855-552-KIDS (5437)
National/International Resources for Crime Victims
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 24/7/365 support for those experiencing domestic violence. They offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.
Access help with their 24/7 crisis line: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or text “START” to 88788. Their website also offers a chat option.
RAINN: National sexual assault hotline. Free and confidential services.
Access help with their 24/7 crisis line: 800-656-HOPE (4673). Live chat also available.
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 24/7 confidential services 888-373-7888 or text 233733. Online chat also available.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: Counselors are available to talk through child abuse situations if you have questions or need additional support. We can also help research additional resources that may be available to you.
Access help with their 24/7 crisis line: call or text 800-422-4453. Live chat also available.