Forensic Nurse Examinars

Forensic Nurses are the first responders to victims of violence and abuse once they enter the healthcare system. They provide needed medical attention and gather the critical evidence necessary to prosecute perpetrators of violence and abuse. They must not only have the medical expertise to provide care associated with physical and emotional trauma, but also have the forensic expertise that is required to effectively assist law enforcement and prosecution with evidence collection and testimony. It is the fastest growing nursing subspecialty. They function as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, Death Investigators, Legal Nurse Consultants and many other roles where victims of violence require special care. Their profession is characterized by healthcare, public safety compassion and science.

The North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission supports programs that promote public safety. Violence is a Public Health and Health Care issue and the NC GCC has awarded federal funding to assist.  Programs that have been supported by the NC GCC are Sexual Assault Response Teams, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, Community-based Sexual Assault Centers, Forensic Photography Equipment and Training, and specialized services for victims with intellectual disabilities.

To learn about the role of Forensic Nurse Examiners in crime scene evidence collection, watch this short video produced by the Community Medical Centers in Fresno, California. Click here.

If you would like learn more about the North Carolina Chapter of forensic nursing log onto

Related links for additional information: 

The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault


Rape Victims Assistance Program


The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence


Rape is a felony in North Carolina. It is federal law and state policy to arrange for victims to obtain a forensic medical examination free of charge.

If you think you are a victim of rape or sexual assault; seek medical attention, contact your nearest rape crisis center or law enforcement agency. Click here for a listing of North Carolina Rape Crisis Centers.