BY ANNE RICHTER ARNOLD PHOTOS BY CPERRY PHOTOGRAPHY
CARING FOR WOMEN IN CRISIS WISE
COLLABORATE IN SURVIVOR - CENTERED CARE
etting treatment after a sexual assault or an incident of domestic violence can be one of the most traumatic experiences in a woman’s life. It can also be one of the most crucial moments, when medical
expertise and patient-centered care come together to address the most vulnerable patients’ needs. In the Upper Valley, at both Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and Mt. Ascutney Hospital (MAH), two specially trained groups partner to provide help when victims need it most. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), skilled in addressing the medical and psychological needs of victims of gender-based violence, are on hand when a victim comes to either hospital. Advocates from the Women’s Informational Service, Inc. (WISE) are called in to assist in nonmedical ways and to support the victim after discharge. Together, these professionals help victims through the difficult aftermath of assault with compassionate, patient-centered care.
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