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Where to Get a Forensic Exam


There are three locations in the greater New Orleans area that provide forensic exams.


The New Orleans Family Justice Center

Available 24/7 at 504-866-9554.


Services include the HOPE Clinic at the Family Justice Center:

701 Loyola, Suite 108

Monday-Friday  9am-6pm

504-503-0878 (Family Justice Center)

504-355-0857 (Hope Clinic Direct number for sexual & domestic violence exams)


All forensic services are free of charge. Medicaid, all major insurance & sliding scale fees.


University Medical Center

2000 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70112 (Emergency located on the 2nd floor)

Open 24/7



All forensic services are free of charge


Tulane-Lakeside Hospital

4700 South I-10 Service Rd W, Metairie, LA 70001

Open 24/7



All forensic services are free of charge


What Is a Forensic Exam?

A forensic medical examination, sometimes known as a “rape kit,” may happen up to 120 hours (5 days) after a sexual assault. If it is more than five days since the assault, there are still medical and other support services available to you. If you have experienced sexual violence, you may choose to have a sexual assault forensic exam performed as a way to preserve possible DNA evidence and receive important medical care.


Providers will assist you to make choices about your care. If you are 18 years or older you do not have to report to police or press charges to get a forensics/sexual assault exam. After getting a forensic exam, you have up to 30 days to decide whether or not to contact police to press charges.


Forensic nurses are extensively trained in trauma-informed care and evidence collection. The forensic medical examinations may include:


Offering information about legal and medical options

Obtaining a medical history

Providing an STI screening

Providing an STI and pregnancy prevention medications

Initiating HIV nPEP treatment if indicated (only available if within 72 hours of the incident)

Evaluating for injuries and illnesses

Collecting any forensic evidence

Providing a change of clothing, toiletries and a place to shower after the exam

Giving referrals for follow-up care including counseling and medical treatment




2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

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