Hospital Support Services

At the Hospital

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault or rape, Safe Haven has trained Hospital Advocates that can come and support you through the SANE/SAFE process and exam that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Advocates can support victims, their families and loved ones through the SANE or SAFE exam as well as provide resources for those wishing additional services afterwards.

There are hospitals in the surrounding counties and in the city of Ashland that have 24-Hour SANE Units or SAFE Units – specially designated areas that provide quality medical care and forensic evidence collection for sexual assault patients.

They are staffed by SANE nurses (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners), who are experienced RNs with intensive classroom education, extensive clinical experience, and expertise in sexual assault evaluation and forensic evidence collection. SAFE doctors (Sexual Assault Forensic Exam) work in conjunction with experienced nurses to collect forensic evidence and complete the exam. 

(Source: Cleveland Rape Crisis Center)

How Soon Should I Get A SAFE/SANE Exam?

It is recommended that individuals 15 years and younger have a forensic exam within 72 hours after an incident has occurred and individuals 16 years and older have an exam within 96 hours.  Anyone who has experienced sexual assault should refrain from:

  • Showering
  • Urinating
  • Brushing teeth
  • Smoking
  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Changing clothing prior to the SANE/SAFE exam

Where Can I Get A SAFE/SANE Exam?

Check out our list of hospitals and emergency departments that offer SANE/SAFE exams in the area at our 24 Hour SANE/SAFE Exam page.


Continuing Support Services

Victim's Compensation/Legal Advocacy

If you have experienced rape, sexual abuse or assault and wish to file a police report, Safe Haven has a Court Advocate that can assist survivors in navigating the legal process.  If the incident occurred in the City of Ashland you can file a report at the Ashland Police Department.  If you have been assaulted in another city, you can file a report at the police department in that city.  If you are outside of city limits but still within Ashland County, you can file a report at the Ashland County Sheriff's Office

For those seeking victim's compensation, Safe Haven's Court Advocate can help with filing for it.  More information can be found here on how to file in the state of Ohio and what victim's compensation entails.

Individual Counseling

Counseling services are offered for all survivors of sexual assault, regardless of when it occurred.  We recognize the healing process can begin at any point in a survivor's life and would like to be a support whenever someone chooses to begin that journey.  Our therapist is a licensed counselor, and all services are offered free of charge.

Priority Services

Counseling services are prioritized for those individuals who have been assaulted within the last 30 days to cope with immediate traumatic effects.  Safe Haven will do everything we can to see you as soon as possible.

Short Term Counseling

Counseling sessions are for individuals who are a survivor of rape, incest, assault, abuse, etc. that are looking to process their trauma and how it impacts their life today, as well as find ways to cope and move forward in the healing process in a healthy way.

Support Sessions

Up to four counseling sessions for partners, parents or sibling relationships to cope with secondary trauma.

EMDR Therapy

Our counselor is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which is a form of psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the emotional distress of a traumatic experience.  To find out more about this process, click here.

Support Group

Safe Haven has a Sexual Violence Support Group that is led by a licensed therapist and is a confidential environment for survivors to begin the healing process. For more information on this group, visit our events calendar.

Crisis Line

Our crisis line is available 24 hours a day and is completely confidential and anonymous.  Trained advocates can provide support and resources to survivors seeking help