DoD Releases Sex Assault Resources to Boost Patient Care

By DCoE Public Affairs

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury offers new resources for patients and providers to help ensure consistent, compassionate health care for patients who were sexually assaulted or harassed.

The provider resources educate Military Health System providers in all health care settings about Defense Department sexual assault policies and help them navigate legal, ethical and privacy considerations for patients who disclose sexual assault. The resources also include assessment and planning guidance for patient safety following an assault.

The patient resources explain reporting options, describe the health care process following a disclosure of sexual assault and highlight healthy coping strategies.

Now available on the Military Health System website, the sexual assault and harassment resources include:

Sexual Assault: What to Expect Next
A patient handout that explains what will happen after a patient discloses a sexual assault to a health care provider.

Sexual Assault Health Care Support for Patients
A patient resource that explains health care resources, eligibility and reporting options; reviews healthy coping strategies; defines common terms and support specialist roles; and provides crisis hotlines and sexual assault resources.

DoD Sexual Assault/Harassment Safety Assessment Worksheet for Providers
A worksheet to help providers conduct a brief safety assessment and develop a safety plan for patients who disclose sexual assault or sexual harassment.

DoD Sexual Assault/Harassment Safety Plan
A prioritized list of resources and coping strategies for a patient’s use.

DoD Brief Sexual Assault/Harassment Safety Plan
An abbreviated list of resources and coping strategies for a patient’s use.

Environment of Care Quick Reference Charts
Charts with quick reference guidance specific to the unique environment of care for providers to use in the health care management of patients who disclose sexual assault.

Click on the link above to learn more about each available resource.

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