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Forensic Services Unit

Violence is a health care issue because it affects the mental and physical health of an individual, as well as families and the community. Antelope Valley Hospital’s unique community benefit program, the Forensic Services Unit (FSU) helps patients reporting sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse/neglect, domestic violence, trauma and suspicious injuries. The FSU also collaborates with law enforcement agencies, the district attorney’s office and other community partners to ensure justice and the healing of a victim.

The FSU is comprised of a specially trained team of registered nurses, who compassionately and expertly assess, document, photograph and collect evidence on all suspected victims of violence, whether they arrived at the hospital on their own or are referred by law enforcement. The unit also coordinates the medical/legal needs of victims and provides support for those who have experienced life‑changing events.

The FSU is designated by the County of Los Angeles as a SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) Center of Excellence.

FSU and the Community

  • Advisory Committee led by FSU director Bridgett Amis is comprised of local law enforcement agencies and other community partners who monitor quality assurance and process improvement.
  • Training Programs on relevant topics raise awareness and educate.
  • Presentations are sponsored throughout the year and by request.

Donate, Volunteer, or Request Training or a Presentation

For more information about the Forensic Services Unit, call 661‑949‑5572 or send an email.

 

Forensic Services Unit
661‑949‑5572
Email

24 hour hotline
661‑723‑7273

The FSU is the only program of its kind in the state of California.

Hundreds of patients have benefited from the FSU supplementing law enforcement investigations and the judicial process since the program began in 2010.