On Aug. 27, 2015, Eloise House officially opened and became the region’s first 24/7 facility solely dedicated to administering FREE Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFEs) to sexual assault survivors. Located on the SafePlace campus, this permanent facility is a milestone in the community’s efforts to serve survivors and address the epidemic of sexual assault in Central Texas. Private exams are available to survivors and are performed by specially-qualified nurses who can provide both medical care and evidence collection. Additionally, UT Austin and SAFE have partnered to provide FREE Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFEs) on campus. UT students can now receive a post-sexual assault exam in the Urgent Care extension building of the UHS. For more information, click here.
Free SAFEs (Sexual Assault Forensic Exams)
Prior to your exam — if possible — do not change clothes, shower, brush your teeth, eat or drink, or use the bathroom. If you have already done any of these things, it’s OK.
Again, your exam will be provided by a qualified nurse who will meet with you before the exam to discuss the process. The nurse can also give you an official excuse.
The exam may include:
- Medical care
- Medicines (at no charge) to prevent infection and/or pregnancy
- Talking about the assault
- Checking for and photographing injuries
- Swabbing the skin
- Collecting clothing
- tTking blood and urine samples
If there is any part of the exam you are uncomfortable with, you can skip it.
After the exam, you will get information about follow-up care and who to call with questions. The nurse can also give you an official excuse for work or school that does not say why you came to us.
Girls who have not started their period and boys 11 years and younger will go to Dell Children’s Medical Center emergency room at 4900 Mueller Blvd. if it’s been less than 120 hours (five days) since the assault. If it’s been longer than five days, please call 911 for more information.
Your advocate completed certified training and you have the legal right to have them in the room during your exam. Your advocate is the only first responder you have confidentiality with and will offer to provide emotional support and answer questions throughout your clinic visit. Advocates aren’t affiliated with police, the medical system, or the legal system. They can help you understand these systems, explain your medical and legal options, your rights as a crime victim, and available resources in the community. Your advocate will address safety concerns and make sure you have a ride to a safe location after the exam. Your advocate will also discuss the effects of trauma and coping techniques for the days ahead and offer to coordinate follow-up services if you want a nurse or advocate to call you in a couple of weeks to check in. Our compassionate, well-trained advocates can be an important first step toward the healing process after an assault.
History of Eloise House
Since June 1, 2015, the SafePlace campus of SAFE has served as the primary place in Austin for adult and adolescent sexual assault survivors to receive an exam by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). When the need for such a facility arose on short notice, SafePlace quickly converted a shelter room on their campus into temporary facilities for SANEs to conduct Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFEs). SAFE currently has 17 qualified nurses and over 50 specialized advocates on-call 24/7 to conduct these exams on the SafePlace campus.
Eloise House, also located on the SafePlace campus, has two exam rooms, a comfortable waiting area, and a private bathroom.
Please download the media advisory or press release for more information. A high-quality Eloise House logo is available for download here. Press inquiries can be directed to Victoria Berryhill, Communications Coordinator, by phone 512.356.1549 or email [email protected].
Eloise House was made a reality thanks to a very generous gift from JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation.
|JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation was founded in 2011 to invest in charities that share John Paul DeJoria’s core values – sustainability, social responsibility and animal-friendliness. John Paul believes that success unshared is failure. To that end, the DeJoria family is committed to contributing to a sustainable planet through investing in people, protecting animals and conserving the environment.|