Family Life Program
The Beebe Medical Center Family Life program includes the Domestic Violence Victim's Advocate program and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program (S.A.N.E.). Members of these programs are Beebe Medical Center employees who have added these responsibilities to their normal duties in order to help patients in time of need.
Domestic Violence Victim's Advocate program
The Domestic Violence Victim's Advocate program has staff members who are specially trained to provide information to victims of domestic violence. The realm of abuse goes beyond husband and wife and includes child abuse and elder abuse. Child abuse and neglect identification and prevention is a focus at Beebe Medical Center.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program (S.A.N.E.)
Beebe Medical Center has an established S.A.N.E. program (sexual assault nurse examiner) in the Emergency Department that provides coordinated, timely, comprehensive, and compassionate care to victims of sexual assault. The specially trained forensic nurses work with the Attorney General's office to prosecute offenders and those who falsely accuse. They work to prevent and intervene in child and elder abuse cases.
The S.A.N.E. mission is to improve the professional response to a patient who comes to Beebe Medical Center with a complaint of being assaulted. A protocol for treatment is followed under the medical director and the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) standards of practice. Beebe Medical Center S.A.N.E. nurses work in a collaborative effort with the Sexual Assault Network of Delaware. They assist law enforcement and provide factual testimony in court, and they work with advocates, such as Contact Delaware, to restore control and equilibrium to the individual.
S.A.N.E. nurses also educate the community about sexual abuse. They speak in schools, churches, and community centers and to professional organizations. S.A.N.E. nurses provide education to staff, resource materials, and prevention education. They also work with the Child Advocacy Center.