Lanark County Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Program
The Lanark County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Program is funded by the Ministry of Health through the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospitals to provide specialized medical and nursing care to victims of sexual and intimate partner violence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Services are provided to persons of all gender identities and ages through any of the emergency departments in Lanark County; Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospitals, Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital and the Almonte General Hospital.
*You do not have to involve Police to access our services.Services that are available include:
- Crisis intervention/emotional support
- Risk assessment and safety planning
- Documentation of assault
- Assessment, documentation and treatment of injuries
- Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, Hepatitis B
- Emergency contraception (e.g. "the morning after pill")
- Forensic evidence collection up to 12 days after an assault (This evidence can be given to police immediately or stored for up to 6 months to give you time to decide what you would like to do)
- Information and assistance with reporting incident to police if you choose to report
- Medical follow up of injuries and testing
- Counselling with a social worker who is experienced in trauma informed care
- Referrals to community agencies as needed (e.g. Lanark County Interval House (LCIH), Legal services …)
*You choose what services that you would like to accept.
Access Services of the Lanark County SADV Program Using any of the Following Options:
- Go to the emergency department of any of the Lanark County Hospitals and tell them you would like to be seen for a sexual assault or domestic violence.
- Call the program office, located at the Smiths Falls site, for information about what services are available at (613) 283-2330 ext. 1258 from 8-4 (after hours call/text the on call nurse confidential phone at (613) 284-6656)
- Message us from our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lanarkcountysadv
- Email us at email@example.com
- A referral can be faxed from any agency/medical practitioner to the program’s confidential fax 613-283-6986 (referral form)
If you don’t want/need to be seen immediately, the nurse can arrange a time that is convenient for you to come in for services at any of the Lanark County Hospitals.
Fully accessible and translation services available if needed.
When dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault issues, there are many agencies that offer very specific types of support and assistance to victims/survivors. The Lanark County Resource Guide is a quick reference tool designed to provide information as to the types of services that are offered in Lanark County and how to access these services. See the links below for details:
For more information:
End Abuse in Lanark
Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
Lanark County Resource Guide (March 2012)
How has Covid-19 affected the program?
Services that need to be provided in the emergency department are still provided there with enhanced infection control measures (gown, mask, face shield). You will be screened at the screening desk upon arrival and then proceed to the emergency department. Services that do not need to be provided in person are done by phone or zoom video call.
*We are still able to provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are reading this, and you live outside of Lanark County, COVID-19 may have impacted your local Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre’s (SA/DVTC) ability to ensure 24/7 service. A navigation line has been established to increase access to services across the province, through the provision of information, resources, care, support, and navigation to SA/DVTCs across Ontario.
When an individual or service provider calls the line, they will hear a message that explains the phone line’s purpose, our limits of confidentiality, and that it is not an anonymous service. If the caller agrees and consents to continue the call, they will speak with a nurse.
The nurse will:
- Provide information regarding service availability and resources
- Discuss options for care, including health assessment, treatment and evidence collection needs
- Document history of assault and client concerns in order to establish plan of care
- Facilitate access to the local SA/DVTC if in-person care is requested