Hennepin Assault Response Team

Purpose

The Hennepin Assault Response Team (HART) provides medical care and support for patients who report sexual assault, human trafficking/sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, and child abuse.

Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence

Patients whose assault occurred within the last 7 days are eligible for a medical-forensic exam from HART. To obtain an exam, arrive at any of the emergency departments listed below and tell them that you have been sexually assaulted.  You do not need to report the assault to law enforcement to receive an exam. You also have the right to a sexual violence advocate during your exam. We will contact them on your behalf once you reach the hospital, but should you wish to connect with them now, please find their numbers below.

Hennepin Healthcare

701 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Office: 612-873-5832
Emergency Department: 612-873-3132
Program Coordinator: Kristi Jarvis, [email protected]

North Memorial Medical Center

3300 Oakdale Dr. N Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Emergency Department: 763-520-5200

Fairview Southdale

6401 France Ave S, Edina MN, 55435
Emergency Department: 952-924-5000

Maple Grove

9875 Hospital Drive, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Emergency Department: 763-581-1200

Methodist

6500 Excelsior Blvd. St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Emergency Department: 952-993-5353

Fairview Ridges

201 E Nicollet Blvd, Burnsville, MN 55337
ED: 952-892-2000

Northfield

2000 North Ave, Northfield, MN 55057
ED: 507-464-1101

University of Minnesota–West Bank

2450 Riverside Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
ED: 612-273-6402

University of Minnesota–East Bank

425 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
ED: 612-273-2700

University of Minnesota–Masonic Children’s

2450 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
ED: 612-365-9110

The Sexual Violence Center

(serves Hennepin, Carver, and Scott counties, but all are welcome to call)
24-hour crisis line: 612-871-5111

The Aurora Center

(serves University of Minnesota students)
24-hour crisis line: 612-626-9111

360 Communities

(serves Dakota County but all are welcome to call)
24-hour crisis line: 651-405-1500

Hope Center

(serves Rice County but all are welcome to call)
24-hour crisis line: 800-607-2330

Child Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse

Children are eligible for a medical-forensic exam from HART if the most recent contact with the person suspected of abuse is within the last 3 days. If the contact occurred earlier than that, please contact your local law enforcement agency to report the abuse, or CornerHouse Child Advocacy Center to schedule an exam.

Children who need medical-forensic exams may be seen by HART at either Hennepin Healthcare or the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Hennepin Healthcare

701 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Office: 612-873-5832
Emergency Department: 612-873-3132
Program Coordinator: Kristi Jarvis, [email protected]

University of Minnesota—Masonic Children’s

2450 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
ED: 612-365-9110

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking or sexual exploitation

If you are a victim of human trafficking or sexual exploitation, you can be seen by our team at any time. We will assess your medical needs and work with community resources to help you move towards a safer life.  If you are interested, we will connect you with appropriate law enforcement agencies.

You may be seen at any of the ten hospitals we serve.

Hennepin Healthcare

701 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Office: 612-873-5832
Emergency Department: 612-873-3132
Program Coordinator: Kristi Jarvis, [email protected]

North Memorial Medical Center

3300 Oakdale Dr. N Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Emergency Department: 763-520-5200

Fairview Southdale

6401 France Ave S, Edina MN, 55435
Emergency Department: 952-924-5000

Maple Grove

9875 Hospital Drive, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Emergency Department: 763-581-1200

Methodist

6500 Excelsior Blvd. St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Emergency Department: 952-993-5353

Fairview Ridges

201 E Nicollet Blvd, Burnsville, MN 55337
ED: 952-892-2000

Northfield

2000 North Ave, Northfield, MN 55057
ED: 507-464-1101

University of Minnesota–West Bank

2450 Riverside Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
ED: 612-273-6402

University of Minnesota–East Bank

425 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
ED: 612-273-2700

University of Minnesota–Masonic Children’s

2450 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
ED: 612-365-9110

The Sexual Violence Center

(serves Hennepin, Carver, and Scott counties, but all are welcome to call)
24-hour crisis line: 612-871-5111

The Aurora Center

(serves University of Minnesota students)
24-hour crisis line: 612-626-9111

360 Communities

(serves Dakota County but all are welcome to call)
24-hour crisis line: 651-405-1500

Hope Center

(serves Rice County but all are welcome to call)
24-hour crisis line: 800-607-2330

For Patients

Find information about how to deal with your sexual assault.

For Providers

Find helpful resources to support victims of sexual assault.

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About

In 1977, a nurse noticed that patients who sought care following sexual assault needed specialized, focused care than what was typically available in an emergency department. In response to the unmet needs of this special patient population, she began developing what became the Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS). This service, composed of a team of nurses dedicated solely to the care of patients reporting sexual assault, was the first of its kind, nation-wide.

SARS continued this work for fifty years, growing and changing to meet the particular and sensitive needs of their patients, and community as a whole. As the team grew and additional services began to be offered by SARS, it became apparent that a name change was in order. In 2017, SARS became known as the Hennepin Assault Response Team, or HART.  HART currently cares for patients of all ages who report sexual assault, human trafficking or sexual exploitation, and will very soon be adding medical-forensic exam services for patients reporting intimate personal violence and child physical abuse. HART’s staff consists of both casual, on-call nurses, as well as 6 full-time nurses who staff the HART office at Hennepin Healthcare 24 hours per day.  The team receives medical direction from Dr. Jeff Ho as well as consultation from our Child Abuse Physician we work collaboratively with, Dr. Nancy Harper. Sherry Nail-Sadowski is the HART’s nurse manager, Kristi Jarvis is their Program Coordinator, and Stephanie Dutenhafer provides administrative support.

Purpose

The purpose of HART is to provide medical care and support for patients who report sexual assault, human trafficking/sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, and child abuse. The exam offered by HART is referred to as a medical-forensic exam, which is an exam performed by a specially trained nurse, called a Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE). The exam consists of:

  • Documentation of details of the assault
  • Evaluation and treatment of injury
  • Evaluation of risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections
  • Providing emergency contraception and prophylactic treatment of sexually transmitted infections (if applicable)
  • Testing for sexually transmitted infections (if applicable)
  • Documentation (including photography) of injuries and pain
  • Crisis intervention and resources for follow-up

The medical-forensic exam is tailored to best fit the patient’s account.

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