To request an advocate, call the 24-hour hotline at 304-399-1111.
CONTACT Advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support survivors and their families and friends during a visit to the emergency room for a medical examination and evidence collection process. Medical personnel at emergency rooms in Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Pleasant Valley Hospital should offer to contact an advocate on a survivor’s behalf. If that option is not presented, the survivor may also request one by calling the hotline at 304-399-1111, or toll free 866-399-7273.
A Hospital Advocate will:
A Hospital Advocate will not:
Cabell Huntington Hospital Emergency Department - 304-526-2200
St. Mary’s Medical Center Emergency /Trauma - 304-526-1111
Point Pleasant, WV
Pleasant Valley Hospital - 304-675-4340
If you are considering seeking medical attention for health concerns or injuries:
Not all injuries may be visible. Hospitals can provide emergency contraception and information and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.
You can request a forensic medical examination to assess medical issues and/or collect potential evidence within 96 hours of the assault.
If the assault was recent you can preserve the evidence by not changing clothing, showering, urinating, brushing your hair or teeth, or touching anything where the assault occurred.
You can have a forensic medical exam even if you do not report at this time (if you are 18 or older).
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