Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are registered nurses with specialized training and education to care for patients who have experienced sexual assault or abuse.
SANEs provide immediate medical care, and can identify and document injuries, collect evidence, provide testimony in court, consult with legal authorities and provide supportive care and follow-up.
The SANE program is administered by Nova Scotia Health and delivered by contracted service providers like VON.
VON offers 24/7 SANE services through 1-833-757-(SANE) at:
- the Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro,
- the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst, and
- the Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital in the Eastern Shores region.
For more information about SANE services in Nova Scotia, see the NS Health website.