Nonoffending Guardian Assessment of Hospital-Based Sexual Abuse/Assault Services for Children

J Forensic Nurs. Jan-Mar 2016;12(1):35-8. doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000101.


In circumstances in which child sexual abuse/assault is suspected, pediatric guidelines recommend referral to services such as multidisciplinary hospital-based violence treatment centers, for specialized medical treatment, forensic documentation, and counseling. As little is known about how such services are perceived, the objective of this case report was to measure the satisfaction of nonoffending guardians of child sexual abuse/assault victims who presented for care at Ontario's hospital-based sexual assault treatment centers. Of the 1,136 individuals who reported sexual abuse/assault and were enrolled in a province-wide service evaluation, 58 were 11 years old and younger. Thirty-three guardians completed a survey. Ratings of care were overwhelmingly positive, with 97% of respondents indicating that they would recommend these services. Nonetheless, it is important to evaluate these pediatric sexual assault services frequently to ensure ongoing optimal, family-centered care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual*
  • Child Welfare
  • Child, Preschool
  • Crime Victims
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Legal Guardians*
  • Male
  • Ontario
  • Patient Satisfaction*