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Center of Hope offers care after sexual assault

The Center of Hope at Franciscan St. Francis Health - Indianapolis offers sexual assault and rape victims prompt and undivided attention. Here, victims of sexual assault are actively treated in a quiet, compassionate and non-traumatic way.

At the Center of Hope, victims receive medical and forensic assistance in a private, quiet and compassionate environment. The program allows sexual assault victim and his or her support persons to focus one on one. It also reduces error and omission in evidence collection and ensures support to the victim during the judicial process.

Everyone involved in the program is sensitive to the special needs of the victim of a sexual assault. The response team includes:

  • law enforcement officers
  • victim advocates
  • sexual assault nurse examiners/physician examiners
  • crisis intervention counselors (may be involved initially to meet the victim's needs)

Other Centers of Hope in Indianapolis:

St. Vincent Hospital, (317) 338-3756 
Wishard Hospital and Health Services, (317) 630-2445
Riley Hospital for Children, (317) 944-5000
Community Hospital East, (317) 621-HOPE
IU Health Methodist, (317) 962-3600

For more information


Center of Hope at Franciscan St. Francis Health

Emergency Department
Entrance 1
8111 S. Emerson Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46237
(317) 528-5440 or
(317) 528-5262


If You Are Assaulted

  • Report the crime immediately to the police.
  • Do not disturb the scene of the assault.
  • Do not shower, douche, or change clothing.
  • Go immediately to a Center of Hope or a local hospital and have an exam for sexual assault. Centers of Hope have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners available. These nurses have been trained to gather forensic evidence and conduct a medical exam per the policy of each hospital.
  • Inform police of all details of attack, however intimate, and of anything unusual you may have noted about the attacker. Remember what the person said and how it was said. It may lead to the arrest of the assailant.
  • Show police and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner any external bruises or injuries, however minor, resulting from the attack.
  • The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner or the police may request your clothes for purpose of evidence.
  • Inform the police if you remember anything that was not previously reported.