Referrals for Medical Evaluation

When there is a concern or report of abuse, children deserve a medical evaluation performed by a doctor, nurse practitioner or nurse with experience in this area.

The purpose of the medical exam is to:
  • Ensure the health and well-being of the child
  • Diagnose and treat medical conditions related to the abuse
  • Reassure the child that everything is OK with their body
  • Document any significant physical and forensic findings
  • In the case of sexual abuse, allow for the collection of evidence that may be present on the child's body or clothing

ANE LogoMany hospitals in located in and around Middlesex County offer the services of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). SANEs are specially trained and certified professionals skilled in performing quality forensic, medical-legal exams. SANEs are available by beeper and respond within 40-60 minutes to the designated SANE site. They will document the disclosure, perform necessary medical exams, testing and treatment, then collect crucial, time-sensitive evidence using the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit distributed by the Executive Office of Public Safety. The exam can take up to 4 hours.

PEDI SANE LogoSeveral sites and one hospital emergency room offer the services of a Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (Pedi-SANE). The Pedi-SANE Program provides compassionate, coordinated, comprehensive and child-centered medical care when a child under the age of twelve (12) presents with a concern of sexual abuse or assault. Pedi-SANEs conduct physical examinations and time sensitive forensic evidence collection in a way that is responsive to the child's developmental, physical, emotional and cultural needs.

Both SANEs and Pedi-SANEs are trained, certified and credentialed through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Click here for a list of sites with SANE and Pedi-SANE services.

ANE LogoSANE services are offered at the following hospitals:

Beth Israel Deaconess Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Boston Medical Center
One Boston Medical Center Place
Boston, MA 02118

Brigham and Women's
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Cambridge Hospital
Cambridge Health Alliance
1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Lawrence General Hospital
1 General Street
Lawrence, MA 01842-0389
(978) 683-4000

Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2622

Milford Regional Medical Center
14 Prospect Street
Milford, MA 01757
Phone: (508) 473-1190

Newton Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02462

UMASS Memorial Hospital, Memorial Campus
119 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA 01605

UMASS University Hospital, University Campus
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655

Worcester Medical Center
20 Worcester Center Boulevard
Worcester, MA 01608

PEDI SANE LogoPediatric SANE services are offered at the following locations:

Lawrence General Hospital – 24hrs/7days/week
Emergency Department
One General Street
Lawrence, MA 01842
978-683-2500 ext. 2500

Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County
989 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

North Shore Children's Hospital
Emergency Department
57 Highland Avenue
Salem, MA 01970