New resource coming to Leesburg for sexual assault, domestic violence victims

WASHINGTON — A new department dedicated to helping sexual assault and domestic violence victims will open in Leesburg, Virginia, in May.

The department is part of Inova Loudoun Hospital and will be called the Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team (FACT). FACT will provide medical evaluation, forensic evidence collection and medical and emotional support to those who come in for help.

The FACT department will be staffed with two medical directors — one for adults, the other for pediatric patients — six Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE nurses) and a child life specialist.

FACT will be located at the hospital’s Cornwall campus at 224A Cornwall Street NW.

Previously, victims in the area had to travel to Fairfax County for similar treatment and help.

“It’s unfortunate that these services are needed, but we are thankful we can offer victims help and compassionate care closer to home. This new Inova Ewing FACT Department will provide victims access to services 24/7,” said CEO Deborah Addo of Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told The Loudoun Times that the new department will be “survivor-centric,” staffed by compassionate nurses who will be there for survivors during their darkest moments.

Currently, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter offers comprehensive services for sexual assault and domestic violence victims. Their 24-hour crisis hotline can be reached at 703-777-6552.

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