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Guidelines examination of victims of sexual assault harmonization of forensic and medico-legal examination of persons

Published inInternational Journal of Legal Medicine, vol. 132, no. 6, p. 1671-1674
Publication date2018
Abstract

Sexual assault is a complex situation with medical, psychological, and legal aspects. Forensic experts play a major role in terms of forensic and gynecological medical examination and evidence collection in order to maintain the chain of custody. Victims should be examined by a specially trained medico-legal examiner in order to avoid multiple examinations in the surroundings that do not meet minimum health standards. The evolution and treatment of sexual assault victims are time-intensive and should optimally be provided by a team that includes a forensic medical doctor. These guidelines will be of interest to forensic medical doctors who will have responsibility for the examination and assessment of victims of sexual violence and can be used as a day-to-day service document and/or a guide to develop health service for victims of sexual violence.

Keywords
  • Crime Victims
  • Documentation/standards
  • Female
  • Forensic Medicine/standards
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical History Taking
  • Physical Examination/standards
  • Sex Offenses
  • Specimen Handling/standards
  • Sexual assault
  • European Council of Legal Medicine
  • Forensic evidence collection
Citation (ISO format)
LUDES, B et al. Guidelines examination of victims of sexual assault harmonization of forensic and medico-legal examination of persons. In: International Journal of Legal Medicine, 2018, vol. 132, n° 6, p. 1671–1674. doi: 10.1007/s00414-018-1791-y
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