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KCSO Recognizes the YWCA West Central Michigan Nurse Examiner Program

November 30th, 2021 10:04 am

The Kent County Sheriff's Office would like to recognize the YWCA West Central Michigan as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Nurse Examiner Program (NEP).

The YWCA NEP is our local resource for medical-forensic exams. YWCA nurse examiners care for more than 300 survivors each year, and their effectiveness has profoundly improved survivors’ experiences and how our community responds to sexual assault. As a law enforcement agency, we refer survivors to the YWCA NEP because of their survivor-centered response. The YWCA NEP reduces a survivor’s vulnerability to post-traumatic stress and can better ensure their physical well-being. Patients are cared for by YWCA survivor advocates, who offer crisis counseling, and nurse examiners, who provide objective evidence collection and expert medical care. Survivors are also referred to the YWCA NEP by area hospitals, schools and universities, social service agencies, health clinics, and private medical practices.

The KCSO is incredibly appreciative of the YWCA and their Nurse Examiner Program. Please join us in thanking the YWCA NEP for their outstanding work in our community over the last 25 years.

For more information on the YWCA Nurse Examiner Program, visit https://www.ywcawcmi.org/ywcanep25/. The program is available 24/7 and can be contacted by calling 616.454.9922 (454.YWCA).