Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre

About

The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence (SA/DV) Treatment Centre at CKHA sees people of all ages and genders.  We provide 24/7 services with on-call hours.

Sexual assault can be defined as any form of sexual activity with another person without their consent. This may include forced kissing, grabbing, sexual harassment, or attempted or completed rape.

CKHA is one of 36 centres across Ontario that provide comprehensive care to persons who have experienced a recent sexual assault and/or act of violence by an intimate partner with crisis support, health and forensic services.  We provide these services at our Chatham Site, Emergency Department and travel to our Wallaceburg Site when needed.  Visit www.sadvtreatmentcentres.ca for further information about the network. 

Services/Treatment Options

When someone is sexually assaulted, their power and control has been taken away from them.  At the SA/DV Treatment Centre, our goal is to give you back your power and control by allowing you to make your own decisions regarding your care.

Oftentimes people who have been assaulted are not sure whether they want to pursue the legal process.  At CKHA, we are able to hold a sexual assault evidence kit (SAEK) for up to a year, allowing the victim time to decide if they wish to move forward with involving the justice system.

Treatment options may include:

  • STD testing and medication to help prevent transmission of STDs including HIV PEP and prevention of pregnancy;
  • Collection of evidence including SAEK kits, photographs and documentation;
  • Referrals to community partners;
  • Safety planning;
  • Follow up appointments;

 
What to Expect with COVID-19

You can call ahead Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm with any questions or concerns, to book an appointment, or you can come to the Emergency Department directly.  A screener will be at the Emergency entrance to assist you with the COVID-19 screening form.  

You will then pull a number and have a seat while waiting for the triage nurse.  The waiting room is now set up so that everyone is seated two metres apart.  The triage nurse will be dressed in full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and will call your number.  Once inside the triage area, the nurse will ask you a few brief questions and take your vital signs with a very brief history from you.  You will then be brought back to a safe place to wait while waiting for the on-call nurse to arrive.  If you have severe injuries, you may see an Emergency Medicine physician prior to seeing the SA/DV nurse.  When the nurse arrives, they will also be dressed in full PPE.  The SA/DV nurses will then explain your options of care.

 Contact

Tara Greenway RN, BSCN,
Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Team Lead
519.352.6400 x 6382 (Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm)
*After hours services are provided by staff on-call.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please do not hesitate to visit your nearest Emergency Room or dial 9-1-1.

Resources

SA/DV Treatment Centre Network - www.sadvtreatmentcentres.ca

Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre - https://ckwc.ca/

Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre - https://cksacc.org/

Chatham-Kent Victim Services - https://ckvictimservices.com/

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Chatham Campus

Chatham Site

80 Grand Avenue West
P.O. Box 2030
Chatham, ON N7M 5L9

Sydenham Campus

Wallaceburg Site

325 Margaret Ave
Wallaceburg, ON N8A 2A7

1.519.352.6400