Assault Care & Treatment Program
The Assault Care & Treatment (ACT) Program promotes a partnership of community services working together to assist individuals who have recently been sexually assaulted or have experienced intimate partner violence. The ACT Program provides nursing care, treatment and information about options and resources.
Patients are believed and provided with unconditional, non-judgmental support.
We empower patients and clients by:
- providing a safe place to be heard
- providing information and options
- providing non-judgmental care and treatment
- advocating for the rights and safety of the patient
- promoting healthy attitudes about gender roles and healthy relationships
Care & Treatment Options
Nurses are available to explain your care and treatment options:
- forensic evidence collection
- treatment for sexually transmitted infections
- emergency contraceptive pill if within 72 hours of assault
- HIV prophylaxis if within 72 hours of the assault and HIV testing
- arranging referrals to counselling services and community agencies
- documentation of injuries
- anonymous third party report forms
A private examination room is located in the Emergency Department.
Child and Youth Prevention Services
The ACT Program Support and Prevention Services for Children and Youth provide counselling services as well as interactive prevention programs on bullying, healthy relationships, teen dating violence and intimate partner abuse.
Counselling services for children and youth:
- Who have been sexually assaulted
- Who have witnessed intimate partner violence
- Who are being bullied and harassed
- Who are in abusive dating relationships
- Who have difficulties setting safe boundaries
Support services are also offered to parents and guardians of the children who access the ACT program counsellor.