2021 ANGEL FUNDraiser

At Hope, we strive to offer care to our patients with very little financial burden. Our 2021 Campaign of Hope begins with fundraising for our ANGEL FUND, a resource that helps to cover any left over costs to a victim after services, so there is no financial burden. If you would like to take part in the fundraiser, scroll to the bottom of our website, and fill out the donation form specifying "Angel Fund."

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Specializing in Better Health Outcomes

Hope Medical Forensic Services is passionate about creating an intimate, personalized setting where patients feel safe, accepted and at ease. 

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Filling the Gaps

We focus on making healthcare a priority and aim to serve victims who decline to go to the hospital for medical care after an assault. Additionally, we serve victims who have a history of assault and never sought out medical care. *Medical emergencies should go directly to the hospital or dial 911*

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  • Safe, Patient-Centered Care
  • Cultural Sensitivity at All Times
  • Trauma-Informed Expertise

Caring for Patients Who Have Been Victimized

A clinical practice in Wichita, Kansas, Hope Medical Forensic Services cares for patients 12 years and older who have been victimized by domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse or human trafficking. We provide follow up examinations with a focus on better health outcomes, basic medical care, and a liaison to a primary care provider for continuation of care. Hope Medical Forensic Services aims to serve victims who never received medical care after an assault. We also have expertise in wound identification, documentation, digital photography, trauma-informed care, evidence collection and preservation.

Domestic Violence

About Domestic Violence

About Domestic Violence

“Domestic violence,” also called dating violence, relationship violence, spousal abuse, battering or interpersonal violence (IPV), is physical, sexual, or psychological harm, including stalking, that is committed against a person by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy. IPV is a pattern of abusive behavior: physical (e.g., striking, shoving, kicking, punching, strangling, restraining); sexual (rape, sexual assault); emotional (e.g., isolation from friends and family, verbal abuse); and psychological (e.g., threats of harm to partner or self, a third party, pets or property; humiliation, degradation and harassment) that is used by one person to gain power and control over a current or former spouse or intimate partner, or current or former dating partner, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

IPV is a significant public health problem that can have devastating effects on individuals, families and communities. There are many negative health outcomes associated with IPV. These include a range of conditions affecting the heart, digestive, reproductive, muscle and bones, nervous systems, suicidal ideations, sexually transmitted infections, gynecological and prenatal complications, many of which are chronic in nature. There are emotional and psychological consequences, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, binge drinking, substance abuse and PTSD.

The highest rates of IPV occur in women of childbearing age, a time when early screening, detection and intervention may increase personal safety. The impact on children exposed to IPV has wide implications, including increased risk for physical, sexual, emotional neglect, harm and death.

— Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Our Services

Our Services

Note: The patient can decline any or all parts of the exam.

  • Trauma-informed care in a safe, secure setting
    • Follow-up medical care
    • Obtain consent for the exam, medical history and digital photography
    • Detailed history of event
    • Physical examination
    • Photo-documentation of injuries
    • Treatment of minor injuries
    • Documentation of physical findings
    • Collection of evidence if relevant
  • Coordination with an advocate, if available, for crisis intervention, support and advocacy before, during, and after the exam
  • Coordination with local law enforcement when requested by the patient
  • Conduct a danger and lethality assessment and develop a safety plan
  • Provide a list of local resources such as the victim advocate, shelters and emergency phone numbers with the understanding the patient may not want to have written information for privacy and safety reasons
  • Referrals for specialized care as needed
  • Potential for court testimony

 

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Sexual Assault - Adult

About Sexual Assault

About Sexual Assault

Sexual assault” refers to a range of behaviors, including but not limited to, a completed non-consensual sex act, an attempted non-consensual sex act, and/or abusive sexual contact. Sexual assault includes any sexual act or behavior that occurs when the victim does not or cannot consent. Lack of consent may be inferred when a perpetrator uses force, threat of force or coercion; or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, unconscious, or physically or legally incapable of consent. Victims of sexual assault may or may not know the perpetrator(s) and/or may be involved in a marital or dating relationship with the perpetrator.

An adult medical-forensic examination with evidence collection can be completed within five days of assault.

Our Services

Our Services

Note: The patient can decline any or all parts of the exam.

  • Trauma-informed care in an intimate, personalized setting
    • Basic medical care
    • Obtain consent for the exam, medical history and digital photography
    • Detailed history of event
    • Physical examination
    • Photo-documentation of injuries
    • Treatment of minor injuries
    • Documentation of physical findings
    • Collection of evidence if relevant
  • Coordination with an advocate, if available, for crisis intervention, support and advocacy before, during, and after the exam
  • Coordination with local law enforcement when requested by the patient
  • Conduct a danger and lethality assessment and develop a safety plan
  • Forensic evidence collected and stored without making a police report if there are no life-threatening injuries (anonymous report). Mandatory reporting laws prevent minors (under 18 years old) and at-risk adults (approximately 70 years or older) from utilizing this option.
  • Sexually transmitted infection prophylaxis (prevention)
  • Emergency contraception
  • Referrals for counseling and other patient needs
  • Potential for court testimony

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Elder Abuse

About Elder Abuse

About Elder Abuse

“Elder abuse” (also called “elder mistreatment”) is a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.

Our Services

Our Services

Note: The patient can decline any or all parts of the exam.

  • Trauma-informed care in a safe, secure setting
    • Basic medical care
    • Obtain consent for the exam, medical history and digital photography
    • Detailed history of event
    • Physical examination
    • Photo-documentation of injuries
    • Treatment of minor injuries
    • Documentation of physical findings
    • Collection of evidence if relevant
  • Coordination with local law enforcement (mandatory report) 
  • Develop a safety plan
  • Referrals for specialized care as needed
  • Potential for court testimony 

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

  • To Report Domestic/Community Abuse: 1-800-922-5330
  • To Report Nursing Home, Hospital, Home Health and Agency Abuse or Neglect:  1-800-842-0078
  • Kansas Department for Children and Families
  • Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
  • Adult Protective Services assists vulnerable and elder adults to stop and prevent abuse, neglect or exploitation. Anyone can make a report about suspected abuse to the Hotline.Kansas Adult Protective Services and Elder Abuse Hotline:
    Within Kansas, call: (800) 922-5330
    24 Hours – 7 Days a Week
    Outside Kansas, call: (785) 296-0044
    24 Hours – 7 Days a Week

Human Trafficking

About Human Trafficking

About Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a major public health issue.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent reauthorizations define human trafficking as:

A. Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or

B. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.

— U.S. Department of Justice

The one exception involves minors and commercial sex. Inducing a minor into commercial sex is considered human trafficking regardless of the presence of force, fraud or coercion.

Human trafficking can happen to anyone but some people are more vulnerable than others. Significant risk factors include recent migration or relocation, substance use, mental health concerns, involvement with the children welfare system and being a runaway or homeless youth. Often, traffickers identify and leverage their victims’ vulnerabilities in order to create dependency.

Our Services

Our Services

Note: The patient can decline any or all parts of the exam.

  • Trauma-informed care in a safe, secure setting
    • Basic medical care
    • Obtain consent for the exam, medical history and digital photography
    • Physical examination
    • Photo-documentation of injuries if relevant
    • Treatment of minor injuries
    • Pap smear if indicated
    • Collection of evidence if relevant
  • Coordination with an advocate, if available, for crisis intervention, support and advocacy before, during and after the exam
  • Coordination with local law enforcement when requested by the patient (18 years and older)
  • Develop a safety plan
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Sexually transmitted infection testing
  • Referrals for counseling and other patient needs
  • Potential for court testimony

About Hope Medical Forensic Services

Hope Medical Forensic Services is a clinical practice that was envisioned by Tina Peck, APRN, FNP-BC, SANE-A/P. Ms. Peck is a highly experienced nurse practitioner with specialized training in trauma-informed care, evidence collection and preservation who sought to transform medical care for patients to become more survivor centered. Beth Duff’s talents add the perfect touch to create a warm, private, and inviting environment for healing to begin. Hope Medical Forensic Services collaborates with multiple community partners to enhance the overall services provided to a survivor during a very difficult time.

Tina Peck

Tina Peck, APRN, FNP-BC, SANE-A/P

In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wichita State University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University, Ms. Peck, is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and achieved dual certification (adult and pediatric) as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner from the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She also draws on nearly 25 years of nursing experience from Ascension Via Christi, including as the prior program coordinator of forensic nursing services, as an outreach nurse for forensic nursing services and as a sexual assault nurse examiner. 

Beth

Beth Duff, Director of Clinical Operations

Beth comes from a background of 20 years in the healthcare industry and has always had patient-centered values. It comes natural for Beth to show compassion, love and to frequently lend a hand to those in need. As the Director of Clinical Operations, Beth will manage patient scheduling, and lead efforts to improve quality outcomes and clinic operations in a way that contributes to an enhanced experience for patients.

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A Commitment to Our Community

  • View Ms. Peck's Community Involvement
    • Board of Directors, Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC)
    • Kansas Governor’s Advisory Council on Domestic and Sexual Violence Response
    • Sedgwick County Community Response Team for Sexual and Domestic Violence
    • Participant in Wichita/Sedgwick County, Kansas Domestic and Sexual Violence Community Safety Assessment Report
    • “Designated Local Hero,” Heroes Gala, Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County
    • The National Commission to End Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, Wichita Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention feature
    • Healthcare Heroes Award from the Wichita Business Journal
    • Quality of Life Award from the Wichita Medical Research & Education Foundation
    • “Outstanding Heroism Toward Ending Child Abuse,” Heroes Gala, Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County
    • Certificate of Recognition for Living the Mission and Values Award, Via Christi Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative by Ascension
    • Recognition and Appreciation for Development of Human Trafficking Assessment Tool for Medical Providers by U.S. Attorney of Kansas, Barry Grissom

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

  • What patients will you serve?

    Hope Medical Forensic Services will serve patients 12 years and older who have been victimized by domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse or human trafficking.

  • How will you accept patients?

    Patients of Hope Medical Forensic Services will contact us through a variety of means, including self-search or from referral through a friend, a family member, law enforcement, or a local shelter. Please call to make an appointment.

  • Where will you see patients?

    Hope Medical Forensic Services will see patients in a variety of locations that include local shelters or our clinic. We are passionate about creating an intimate, personalized setting where patients feel safe, accepted and at ease.

  • What if I do not want a sexual assault examination, evidence collection or preservation?

    That decision is yours to make. Hope Medical Forensic Services will inform you of your options, but we will not pressure you in any way. Some victims of sexual assault choose to have a sexual assault examination and evidence collection but to have the evidence stored anonymously for a period of time while they decide whether or not to pursue legal action.

  • How will payment for services be accepted?

    Hope Medical Forensic Services will accept self-pay and be credentialed with insurance companies and Medicaid to provide medical services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking. The State of Kansas provides crime victims’ compensation for assistance in paying medical costs for patients who apply and meet qualifications. Assistance can be provided with the application process. For patients victimized by sexual assault, it is important to know that the County where the crime occurred is responsible for forensic evidence collection costs.

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To contact Hope Medical Forensic Services or to donate to our cause, please complete the form below. You may also contact us at (316) 708-4099.

  • (316) 708-4099