Medical forensic exams can be conducted for victims of sexual assault, human trafficking, domestic violence, child abuse, and elder abuse.
Forensic Center of Excellence
Houston Area Hotline: 281-306-6893
The Forensic Center of Excellence responds 24/7 for medical forensic exams in over 62 locations and 12 counties including Harris, Fort Bend, Liberty, Wharton, Brazoria, Montgomery, Chambers, Waller, Polk, Walker, Matagorda, and San Jacinto.
If you are over the age of 18, you do not have to report to law enforcement to receive a medical forensic exam. The forensic center will be able to provide you with connections to services & STI medications and testing.
In collaboration with the University of Houston, the Forensic Center of Excellence may schedule a medical forensic exam at the UH Student Health Center, the Forensic Center Clinic (Off Richmond & Kirby), a location near the UH campus, or other locations near you.
Closest Hospital Locations to the University of Houston Campus:
- CHI St. Luke's – Holcombe
- CHI St. Luke's – Med Center
- HCA Main Campus
Call 281-306-6893 before going to the nearest location. If you have any questions about if you should be seen by a forensic nurse, select Option 1 to speak to a forensic nurse.
What is a Forensic Exam?
A medical forensic exam is performed by nurses specially trained in caring for victims of trauma. These nurses are trained in injury documentation, evidence collection, court and legal processes, and many other topics related to these victimizations.
Why do we need this?
The forensic nurse can help to make sure that the patient's body is safe. They identify and document any trauma, treat and test for sexually transmitted diseases, and work with advocacy for safety planning. Forensic nurses also can collect evidence and act as experts in the courtroom.
How can someone get an exam?
Anyone can call the Forensic Center of Excellence 24/7 hotline answered by a forensic nurse to request an exam. They receive calls from patients, law enforcement, schools, hospital, & advocacy agencies.