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Sexual Assault Service

We provide care to anyone, who is 13 years or older and has been sexually assaulted within the past 7 days.

Where to go

If you have been sexually assaulted within the past 7 days:

  • Go to Vancouver General Hospital's Emergency Department (24 hours) 920 West 10th Avenue (near Broadway & Oak)
  • OR
  • UBC Hospital's Urgent Care Centre Koerner Pavilion, 2211 Wesbrook Mall. 8:00am-10:00pm
Our team of examiners are on-call 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

When you arrive at the emergency department ask for the Sexual Assault Service. 
  • All services are free and confidential.  
  • Bring a friend, family member,  or support person with you to the hospital. 
  • Patients attending the UBC Hospital's UCC can call the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre, 604-827-5180, for support worker accompaniment.
  • Call Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW), at 604-255-6344, for accompaniment to the VGH emergency.
  • Interpreters are available for those who are deaf or have difficulty with English.
Our services include:
  • assessment and treatment of injuries and sexually transmitted infections
  • forensic sample collection 
  • medical report for police
  • referrals to health, legal, and community-based support services. 
We know that whatever happened, it was not your fault.

If you were assaulted more than seven days ago:

  • Medical care (for physical and mental health) is available from your own doctor or nurse practitioner, a local community health clinic, walk-in clinics, and youth clinics.
  • For ongoing counselling support, or questions about the legal system, contact VictimLink.  You may also contact VictimLink by calling 1 (800) 563 0808. 
  • At UBC, you can contact AMS SASC 604-827-5180 or SVPRO at 604-822-1588.
  • In Vancouver, contact WAVAW 604-255-6344
Please also see our related services list in the sidebar.

At the hospital

What will happen at the hospital?

When you get to the Emergency Department at Vancouver General Hospital or the Urgent Care Centre at UBC Hospital, a triage nurse will ask you a few questions to assess your physicial health. The nurse will then contact the Sexual Assault Service (SAS). The SAS team of 2 (an examiner and a nurse) will arrive within approximately 45 minutes. You will be escorted by the triage nurse to a safe, private room, so that you do not need to wait in a public area. 

Specially-trained nurses and doctors will care for you in a safe and supportive environment. They will explain how they can help, and will respond to any questions or concerns you might have. The team will offer you choices about your care. These choices include a check for injuries, preventative treatment for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, and/or forensic sample collection. You will decide what you would like the SAS team to do, and they will respect your decisions.

What about the police?

At the hospital, we will give you information about your legal options. It is your choice whether or not to report the sexual assault to the police. We will support whatever decision you make. If you choose to report to the police, we can collect forensic samples and summarize our findings in a medical legal report. If the case goes to court, we can testify (tell the court about the medical findings).

After the hospital

What happens after you leave the hospital?

The SAS team will give you information about commonly experienced feelings, thoughts, and responses to sexual assault. We will also give you some recommendations for follow-up treatment. The Sexual Assault Service counsellor will call you within a week to find out how you are doing and answer any of your questions and offer you one to one counselling (if you think it would be helpful). You can also call the sexual assaualt service counsellor if you decide at a later time that you want to book an appointment with her.

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