SAFE Program

Interested in becoming a forensic nurse and helping victims of rape or sexual assault?

Suffolk County’s Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) program helps victims of rape or sexual assault of all ages by providing a comprehensive medical exam and forensic evidence collection in specially designated private rooms within our partner hospitals. SAFE Centers provide a coordinated, victim-centered approach to sexual assault treatment and response.

The SAFE program is collaboration between VIBS (Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk), the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the Suffolk County Police Department, and our three partner hospitals: Good Samaritan Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center, and Stony Brook University Medical Center.

The process of becoming a SANE begins with an interview with representatives from each of our program partners. Upon acceptance, trainees receive extensive training through a 40-hour online course approved by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, three mandatory on-site clinical training days, and an extensive preceptorship program in which trainees shadow experienced forensic nurses.

Who is eligible?

Any current RN, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, or Medical Doctor, with one year of post-graduation clinical experience, can become a forensic examiner.

“Entrance into forensic nursing will change your life…you will never be the same. The positive impact that you have on individuals who have been assaulted merges with the good that you do for society as a whole. It is not a job, it is a passion.”  – Nurse Judy Specht, SANE


For more information, contact Nick Bove: 631-360-3730, Ext. 102 or