TeleSAFE: Revolutionizing Access, Quality and Local Partner Collaboration for Sexual Assault Care

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45 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 11, 2023

Andrea Cavanagh
TeleSafe Project Manager
International Association of Forensic Nurses
Diane Daiber, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Forensic Nursing Specialist, IAFN

Only 25% of US hospitals have sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) to provide comprehensive, trauma informed, evidence-based medical forensic care to sexual assault patients. More commonly, clinicians with little or no experience provide the medical forensic exam or transfer the patient to another facility. The use of telehealth is able to close this gap, improving access to high-quality care, increasing the confidence of the untrained or inexperienced clinician and enhancing collaboration among criminal justice and community partners. 

Using a hub and spoke model, more than 50 spoke sites were identified as needing assistance. Site assessments were conducted by a national organization with content expertise to identify clinical and community-specific technical assistance needs. This presentation will highlight crucial components of clinical and community partner engagement, education, evaluation, and sustainability of a trauma informed teleSAFE response to sexual assault. 


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Explain how the use of teleSAFE technology for sexual assault care can improve access to quality medical forensic exams. 
  • List crucial components of an implementation plan for a trauma informed, patient-centered telehealth response to sexual assault care. 
  • Identify how the use of a telehealth approach to sexual assault care enhances collaboration with criminal justice and community partners.
  • Describe sustainability considerations of teleSAFE for sexual assault care.


EVAWI is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide Continuing Education contact hours for nurses (Provider #15641). 

Registered Nurses may purchase .75 contact hours after completing this webinar.

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