FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Inova Health System Implements Grant to Train More SANE Nurses
~Press event to be held tomorrow to recognize grant~
ARLINGTON - Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) will speak at a ceremony at Inova Hospital on Thursday, June 1, 2017 with Attorney General Mark Herring, Delegate Levine and others to celebrate Inova’s recent grant of nearly $560,000 from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Program to help support the addition of four full time and two part-time forensic nurses called Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE). Details of the press event are below.
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Time: 9 - 10 a.m.
Location: Fairfax Inova Hospital, Physician’s Conference Center, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042
Senator Favola chairs the Virginia Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, which provided policy guidance to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice on gaps in services to survivors of sexual assaults.
“It became obvious that one of the first steps in empowering survivors and holding perpetrators accountable was making SANE exams easy, accessible, and conducted in a supportive environment. As we delved into this objective, we realized that more nurses needed to be trained in gathering the forensic evidence that define a SANE exam,” said Favola.
Until the receipt of this grant, Inova’s clinic was staffed with only one full-time and one part-time SANE nurse, resulting in long wait times for survivors and negatively affecting the collection of important evidence because some survivors did not want to wait for the exam.
According to the Ewing Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team (FACT) at Inova, Inova has experienced a 44% expansion in cases since 2013, increasing the need for greater SANE resources. The number of survivors served by FACT annually is expected to double from 600 to 1,200.
Sen. Favola was instrumental in requiring Virginia’s local law enforcement agencies to submit all physical evidence recovery kits (PERKs) associated with an official report to state labs for analysis, including older PERKs. She also passed a bill in 2017 that would require local law enforcement officials to inform survivors if a DNA hit is identified in the forensic review process.
Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st Senate district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. Senator Favola currently serves on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees.