24-Hour Hotline: 434-977-7273
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Emergency Room Accompaniment

SARA staff members are on call 24 hours every day of the year to accompany sexual assault survivors in the UVA Emergency Room. ER Advocates offer support to the survivor, help to address urgent needs, and ensure that survivors understand their rights and their options.

Medical care can be an important first step following an incident of sexual violence. Treatment for injuries that resulted from the violence and protection from some sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy can be offered when needed. Survivors do not have to report to the police in order to receive medical care following an assault.

In addition, survivors who may want to undergo a Forensic Examination (PERK Exam) to collect physical evidence from the attack can do so at the hospital within 120 hours of the assault. In the Central Virginia area, survivors must go to the UVA ER to have a PERK Exam. It is the only hospital in the area with the specially trained nurses that provide the exam. Augusta County Medical Center and VCU Medical Center also offer PERK Exams if those locations are more convenient to you. PERK Exams and prophylactic protection against sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy are provided at the hospital at no cost to the survivor.

If you have specific questions about seeking medical care after a sexual assault, please call our office during business hours at 434-295-7273 or our Hotline after business hours at 434-977-7273.


Upcoming Events

SART Meeting
Oct 21 2021 - Oct 21 2021
12:00PM - 02:30PM
Greene IAP
Oct 25 2021 - Oct 25 2021
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Fluvanna IAC Meeting
Nov 04 2021 - Nov 04 2021
09:30AM - 11:00AM
Louisa IAC
Nov 11 2021 - Nov 11 2021
09:30AM - 11:00AM
Nelson IAC
Nov 15 2021 - Nov 15 2021
02:00PM - 03:30PM

About SARA

The mission of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is to eliminate sexual violence and its impact by providing education, advocacy and support to men, women and children. Our vision is a community free from sexual violence.

Communities Served

We are located in Charlottesville, Virginia and serve:

  • City of Charlottesville
  • Albemarle County
  • Louisa County
  • Nelson County
  • Fluvanna County
  • Greene County

Contact SARA

 Charlottesville, Virginia

 24-Hour Hotline: 434-977-7273
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