Rights to Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect

According to Kansas Statutes, it is a crime to inflict mental, physical, or emotional injury that harms a child; acts or omissions by a parent or person responsible for care of a child that results in harm or the likelihood of harm.

If you or someone you know is or has been a victim of Child Abuse/Neglect, there is help available.

What to Expect

  • Compassionate, supportive medical care
  • Privacy to be maintained
  • Have everything explained
  • A complete history will be taken
  • Seek informed consent
  • Conduct a head-to-toe examination
  • Conduct a detailed genital examination as indicated
  • Collect evidence as indicated
  • Perform lab work, if needed
  • Perform imaging studies, if needed
  • Discuss and/or provide medication options
  • Provide follow-up and referrals
  • Provide community resources

Preserving DNA Evidence

Evidence preservation following abuse/neglect is important to building a case and assisting forensic nurses and law enforcement. Patients should refrain from showering or bathing until they come to the hospital to be examined.

  • Do NOT drink any liquids
  • Do NOT brush your teeth
  • Do NOT use mouthwash
  • Do NOT take a shower
  • Do NOT take a bath
  • Do NOT douche (flush the vagina)
  • Do NOT change your clothes
  • Do NOT urinate (if at all possible)
  • Do NOT have a bowel movement


Bring any other items related to the abuse/neglect with you to the hospital or give them to law enforcement.