Trauma-Informed Care | Evidence-Based | Multi-Disciplinary Team Member | State and Local Collaborative Partner

Welcome to Cal SAFE

The California Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Association (CalSAFE) covers all 58 counties in California. These are teams of medical forensic examiners, who respond to survivors seeking specialized medical care after sexual assault and intimate partner violence and conduct over 8,000 exams per year.

Our Goals


To facilitate networking among the 48 sexual assault exam teams in California through telecommunications technology and state and regional meetings.


To represent sexual assault forensic medical exam teams in state-level policy making and legislation.


To provide training and technical assistance to developing and existing examination teams.


To collaborate with state and local partners.


To advance the field of sexual assault forensic medicine and nursing.

Background & History

Sexual assault forensic medicine began in California in 1985, with the enactment of Penal Code section 13823.5-11, which requires trained healthcare providers to use the standard state form and protocol issued by the California Office of Emergency Services.

This statute also requires counties with a population of 100,000 or more to have trained personnel on-call or on duty. For counties with a population of one million or more, one trained exam team per million population is required. Sexual assault examiners may be registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or physicians.

In 1995, the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center (CCFMTC) was established in state law to increase access by victims to trained healthcare providers and to implement eight statutory objectives.


Established by Penal Code section 13898, Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) Teams are community based, multi-disciplinary teams comprised of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, criminalists, victim advocates, and SAFE/SANE team examiners.


Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) teams are composed of registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) teams are registered nurses. SAFE and SANE teams perform exams in accordance with the California Medical Protocol for Examination of Sexual Assault and Child Sexual Abuse Victims and the standardized forensic medical report forms designed for this purpose.

Victims in Need of Immediate Aid 

Patients in need of immediate resources can choose from the provided links. Click on desired source of aid and use information provided on the site.