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