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SEEKING SUPPORT?
The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.

About the Health and Forensic Services Project

Hospital emergency departments are the primary sites where victims of sexual assault, especially those who choose to report within 96 hours of a crime, come to be treated. Healthcare and criminal justice systems intersect to protect survivors from further injury, provide care, and ensure proficient evidence collection. In New York City, the city's large population and concentration of many public and private emergency departments present unique challenges for the provision of the best care for all sexual assault survivors.

Based on the belief that sexual assault examiner programs provide the best standard of care for sexual assault survivors in New York City hospitals, the Health and Forensic Services Project (HFSP) at the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault seeks to promote, develop, and evaluate sexual assault program delivery models and ensure equitable access to these services for all New Yorkers.

HFSP technical assistance supports hospitals developing new programs, trains new examiners, increases the capacity of experienced professionals through seminars, and links health care providers with law enforcement, criminal justice and emergency response staff. Additionally, HFSP, in conjunction with the Research Department of the Alliance, conducts independent research exploring the extent of sexual assault services available and the impact of sexual assault examiner programs. This research supports HFSP's continuing efforts to strengthen vital services for survivors and direct future program development strategies.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer shares remarks at the Denim Day NYC 2012 press conference
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer shares remarks at the Denim Day NYC 2012 press conference