Sexual Assault Programs & Services

Sexual assault is a very personal and destructive crime. At Shelterhouse, we provide programs and services to help our clients who may be suffering from the physical, emotional and/or psychological effects of sexual violence. Shelterhouse staff provides comprehensive services that focus on the whole person, and we work with our clients to help them learn coping skills, understand sexual violence, and recognize patterns of trauma. Shelterhouse recognizes that sexual assault can happen to anyone and offers services to those impacted by sexual assault. We provide both crisis and long-term care for survivors of sexual assault.


  • Safe Shelter – Available 24/7
  • 24-Hour Crisis Line
  • Advocacy/Counseling services, including:
    • Medical or legal emergencies
    • Housing assistance
    • Financial resource referral
    • Court accompaniment and legal support
    • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. Medical care and advocacy are offered to sexual assault victims by specially trained nurses and advocates.
  • Prevention, Education and Outreach
  • Community Referrals

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

Shelterhouse offers a community-based SANE program that includes specially trained nurses and Shelterhouse advocates. This team serves victims in a confidential and compassionate manner, while improving evidence collection for more comprehensive investigations. The SANE program is free of charge and provides services to victims of all ages. The community-based SANE program is run through the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (Shelterhouse) and operates in a donated space at the Center for Women’s Health. Specially trained SANE nurses provide medical care and forensic evidence collection and Shelterhouse advocates provide emotional support.