Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program (S.A.N.E.)

The Department of Public Health specially trains, certifies, and supports trained registered nurses and physicians to provide quality care and forensic evidence collection to sexual assault victims entering designated emergency departments. SANE health providers create a link between health, legal and advocacy systems for victims seeking services. For information contact Lucia Zuniga at 781-718-7272 or

Other Related DPH Programs

  • For information on Batterer Intervention services, the Refugee and Immigrant Safety and Empowerment Programs (RISE), and other violence prevention and intervention services, go to the Violence Prevention and Intervention Services web page.
  • The Office of HIV/AIDS assists in preventing the spread of the AIDS epidemic and in the development of appropriate, cost-effective health and support services. This website includes general information and data reports on HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts. It also provides information on HIV counseling, testing, and client services.
  • The Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Prevention works toward the reduction and prevention of the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infections. It furthers this mission by supporting clinical and laboratory services, epidemiological and surveillance activities, and the development of educational materials.
  • The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services promotes an integrated, consumer-focused continuum of substance abuse services that is responsive to the public health prevention and treatment needs of individuals, families and communities.

This information is provided by the Violence Prevention and Intervention Services within the Department of Public Health.