Assault And Sexual Abuse Program

 During these challenging times...

 As you are aware, because of the COVID19 pandemic, all healthcare providers and organizations are reacting to a rapidly changing environment. We are trying to be thoughtful while balancing many competing needs and demands as we roll out changes here at Cornwall Community Hospital. I would like to provide you with some temporary changes that will be occurring in our Assault and Sexual Abuse Program. Our intention is to provide care in ways that will support both patient and staff safety, while maximizing the use of limited resources.

Our Sexual Assault and Abuse Program services remain open to victims/survivors of sexual assault and/or Intimate Partner Violence. However, there may be changes to service delivery that are detailed below.

Service Availability
Acute Nursing:

An ASAP nurse may not be available 24 hours day. We endeavor to operate 24/7 coverage but in the event there are gaps in service, the CCH Emergency Department can assess and treat medical needs and direct next steps.

All persons presenting to the hospital will be screened for COVID-19 including the police.

If the victim/survivor(s )is negative for symptoms of COVID-19, they will receive care as per Standard protocol at ASAP.

If the victim/survivor is positive for symptoms of COVID-19, they will be put into an isolation room in the ED where ASAP care will be provided. The victim/survivor will be given information about self-isolation and self-monitoring.

Follow-up Nursing:

Most follow-up care will be done remotely (i.e. by phone) with the person, unless an in-person visit is required.

Counselling Services:

Our services will continue with different service delivery model. All sessions will be held over the phone, no face to face visits. Appointments will be booked for 1 hour durations as per our normal process. We recognize that our clients might need flexibility in terms of frequency and duration of sessions and we will work to accommodate requests and needs. Please ca;; 613-938-4240 ext: 4567


Thank you for your continued support and communication as we work together to address the needs of all victims/survivors.

 

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If you have been recently sexually assaulted or a victim of intimate partner violence (domestic violence), please come immediately to the Emergency Department of Cornwall Community Hospital and ask for an "ASAP nurse".

Cornwall Community Hospital Assault and Sexual Abuse Program (ASAP) provides around-the-clock services and support for women, men and children who reside in Cornwall or in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. Established in 1992, ASAP is one of a number of hospital-based, sexual assault/partner violence victim-care centres in Ontario. It is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. (http://www.sadvtreatmentcentres.net)

We offer four types of service:

  • Emergency care
  • Counselling
  • Referrals
  • Outreach and training

Emergency care

Clients in need of urgent medical care are advised to go to the emergency room at the Cornwall Community Hospital (840 McConnell Avenue). At the hospital they will be examined by either an ASAP nurse examiner or a physician and treated for physical injuries and/or sexually transmitted infections, if required. Clients may also opt to have drug testing done to determine whether unsuspecting drugs were present.

At the same time, physical evidence of the assault or abuse, as well as photographic documentation, may be collected and recorded, if appropriate. If the client is unsure whether she or he wishes to proceed with legal action, this evidence can be stored. Questions of safety or other urgent issues may also be addressed at that time.

At a later date, the ASAP nurse examiner will contact the client to provide follow-up care.

Counselling

In addition to our nurses, the ASAP team includes full-time social workers who provide services relating to both recent and past sexual assault and domestic violence.Depending on the client's needs, these services may include evaluation and counselling, or referrals to shelters or health-care or mental-health professionals, if appropriate.

Referrals

Because the effects of sexual and domestic violence are complex and cannot be met by any one group, ASAP works with a variety of community organizations to provide a continuum of care to victims and survivors of assault or abuse.

Outreach and training

Raising awareness and providing training for professionals such as police and health-care providers are important parts of what we do. Our staff is available to answer questions, conduct presentations and provide training on topics such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, date rape and sexual harassment. Individual presentations and seminars can be tailored for community organizations and area businesses.

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To request a copy of the ASAP departmental brochure or to obtain any additional information please contact us at asap@cornwallhospital.ca.