Just Trauma-Informed Patient Interviewing and Prevalence of Strangulation

Just Trauma-Informed Patient Interviewing and Prevalence of Strangulation

Original Release Date: April 15, 2022

In episode three of our 2022 Sexual Assault Awareness Month mini season, Just Science sat down with Kelly Taylor, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), Sexual Assault Care Coordinator, and Forensic Healthcare Program Manager, to discuss trauma-informed support for sexual assault survivors and the prevalence of strangulation in sexual assault cases.  

Trauma-informed, victim-centered expertise and support from sexual assault nurse examiners is crucial to providing appropriate medical attention and helping a survivor heal. Without it, survivors may not fully disclose all aspects of the incident and whether strangulation occurred, leaving injuries that may go untreated. Listen along as Kelly Taylor discusses how her work as a SANE and a multidisciplinary team member broadened her understanding of trauma-informed care and honed her interview best practices to support survivors of sexual assault and strangulation. 

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Guest Biography

Ms. Kelly Taylor is a registered nurse, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Forensic Healthcare Examiner.  She currently serves as the Forensic Healthcare Program Manager at a medical center in North Carolina.  She began her career in emergency and trauma medicine in 2002 and her experience with both assault and non-assault related patients have built her expertise in forensic healthcare.  Ms. Taylor serves as an expert witness and consultant for both the prosecution and defense in sexual assault, physical assault, domestic violence and strangulation cases.  In addition to clinical practice and program management, she instructs law enforcement, advocacy, medical and legal professionals as part of a multidisciplinary approach to assault and abuse cases.  Ms. Taylor’s areas of expertise include medical/ forensic healthcare, evidence collection, forensic healthcare testimony, drug facilitated sexual assault, intimate partner violence, strangulation and the neurobiology of trauma/trauma informed interviewing.  Ms. Taylor attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and studied a pre-nursing curriculum, and graduated from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte, NC in December 2001.  She is certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner through the International Association of Forensic Nurses.  

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