Medico-legal history taking from the victims of sexual assaults: the role of nurse examiners

Renjulal Yesodharan, Shaimaa A. Shehata, Tessy Treesa Jose, Abeer M. Hagras, Vinod Nayak

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Background: Sexual assault examiners provides comprehensive health care to victims of sexual assault. Communication with the victim is important to collect relevant information from the victims. Ineffective communications can cause re-victimization and hamper the medico-legal evidence collection. Main text: This article aims to orient the novice examiner and nurses to the prerequisites of medico-legal history collection, techniques of building trust, establishing rapport, ensuring privacy and confidentiality, taking consent, communicating effectively with the victims of sexual assault, and components of medico-legal history collection. Conclusions: Novice examiners and nurses need to be trained in collecting medico-legal history and evidence. The examiners who conduct the examination should be dedicated to delivering compassionate and high-quality care to individuals who have disclosed sexual assault.

Original languageEnglish
Article number24
JournalEgyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law


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