Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program

The Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program provides education, training and technical assistance for health care providers that care for patients who have been subjected to sexual assault, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and dependent adult abuse/neglect. This national model utilizes an interprofessional, trauma-informed, person-centered approach for the care and treatment of victim/survivors.

What is a Forensic Examiner?

A Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) is a state-credentialed health care provider who has received specialized didactic training and clinical preparation to provide a comprehensive medical forensic examination for a patient who has experienced sexual assault/violence. Registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians may participate in the education.

State of Maine SAFE Standards for Credentialing (PDF)

Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Training

Two separate, foundational courses exist within Maine: Adult/Adolescent and Pediatric. Each course is forty hours in length, held in various locations across the State. Forensic nurses and invaluable community partners present to nurses, other health care providers, law enforcement, advocates and attorneys to outline tenets of sexual violence, introduce the interprofessional response and promote the development of specialized skills necessary to offer a comprehensive, trauma-informed, evidence-based medical forensic examination for the patient who has experienced sexual assault/abuse.

For more information contact:

Alicia Hunter, LSW
Violence Prevention Program Manager
(207) 592-0315

Danielle Coutu, RN
Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program Coordinator

(207) 356-1681

Public Notice

The next SAFE Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for March 12, 2024 from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m. EST via Zoom. Additional 2024 Advisory Board meeting dates include: May 14, July 9 and September 10. Please email Danielle Coutu for more information.

2024 SAFE Events Listing (PDF)