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Medical Forensic Services
The Medical Forensic Services program is a program of the Pinal County Public Health Services District.
In May 2018, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors authorized and funded the development of the Pinal County Medical Forensic Services. The program consists of specially trained registered nurses and offers medical responses to child, adolescent and adult patients who are victims of interpersonal violence. This encompasses child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, sex trafficking, domestic violence, non-fatal strangulation, elder abuse, and other forms of violence.
Prior to this time, victims of violence were required to drive out of the county for these specialized exams, sometimes traveling as long as two hours one way in the aftermath of trauma.
It was important to the county that we serve patients in our communities and not have them transported to other locations.
Mission & Goals of the Program
The mission of the Medical Forensic Services program is to offer a comprehensive and compassionate healthcare response to those who encounter violence.
The goals of the program are to:
- Provide specialized medical evaluation and treatment services across the lifespan as coordinated and delivered by a Multidisciplinary Team response.
- Ensure the dignity of patients throughout all aspects of patient care
- Utilizing exam locations that are private, secure and comfortable
- Ensure the health, safety and well-being of the community
Community education and outreach also play a vital role in the Medical Forensic Services program. Through education and outreach, we are able to provide the necessary information and resources to combat violence and work toward prevention.
Pinal County is committed to serving those impacted by violence in our communities.
Child & Family Advocacy Centers
All exams take place in one of the community advocacy centers.
Eloy - Pinal County Attorney's Office Family Advocacy Center
San Tan Valley - Pinal County Attorney's Office Family Advocacy Center
The City of Maricopa - Pinal County Attorney's Office Family Advocacy Center
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 9-8-8
County Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-866-495-6735