Office of Crime Victim Services

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) Program


Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are nurses and medical staff trained with standard curricula to screen for, identify and treat sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. Crisis intervention, counseling skills and implementation of a follow-up care policy for victims are imperative for all medical personnel. Culturally-specific training is also part of advanced training in order to better meet the needs of traditionally underserved sexual assault victims.

The goal of the SANE program is to:


  • Improve healthcare’s effectiveness in identifying and responding to sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

  • Integrate best practices for the care of sexual assault and intimate partner violence survivors into the standard operating procedures of medical care systems, including those from traditionally un-served and underserved populations.

  • Ensure that health care education includes faculty and content that represent the needs of un-served and under-served populations.

  • Nurture the retention and sustainability of educated SANE champions.


The Wisconsin Department of Justice provides all Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training in Wisconsin using STOP VAWA Formula Grant Funds.