Michelle Shores




Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego

Michelle Shores, RN, MSN, MBA-HC, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P is a forensic nurse examiner in Riverside County and the Program Director for Forensic Health Services in San Diego County. The Forensic Health Services program provides services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and is a nationally accredited child advocacy center.

Michelle graduated with her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2005 and began working as an emergency department trauma nurse in 2006. In 2012 Michelle earned her master’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in business. Michelle was a clinical nursing instructor, is a certified emergency nurse, International Association of Forensic Nurse certified SANE-A (adolescent/adult) and SANE-P (pediatrics) and a certified trauma nurse instructor (TNCC). She has been a ling standing member of the International Association for Forensic Nursing, and has worked as a forensic nurse for over seven years.

Michelle cares for pediatric, adolescent, and adult victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She was co-chair for the San Diego County Sexual Assault Response Team Steering Committee from 2015-2019, an executive member for the San Diego Domestic Violence Council (SDDVC), is the current chair for the San Diego Domestic Violence Council Medical Committee, an member of the San Diego County High Risk Domestic Violence Team, a board member of the Child Advocacy Centers of California (CACC) state advisory committee, serves as a member on both the medical advisory and traumatic brain injury committees and is a training faculty for the Strangulation Institute for prevention with the Alliance for Hope International, and the president of the Association of California Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (CALSAFE). In 2018, she introduced the idea for AB 3189 (Family Code 6930) along with the CALSAFE team. AB 3189 was a bill that provides minor victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) the right to consent to medical care and forensic exams in the state of California. AB 3189 was signed into law September 2018 and became family code 6930. Michelle implemented the program, at Forensic Health Services, to perform Forensic medical evidentiary exams for victims of domestic violence, strangulation, general assault, gang violence, human trafficking, and elder abuse. This is also known as the Domestic Assault Forensic Exam or DAFE.

Michelle has worked with the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center (CCFMTC) team to provide training to examiners. Michelle is a contributor for the workbook Manual Non-Fatal Strangulation Assessment: For Healthcare and First Responders and Adolescent and Adult Sexual Assault Assessment, Second Addition. She is the 2017 winner on the San Diego County SART with a HEART Award, the 2018 Riverside County SART Nurse of the Year award, the 2018 San Diego Domestic Violence Council Lifetime Achievement award, November 2018 CARE award that recognized her as a leader in the community and excellence as a forensic nurse examiner. Also, the 2014 nationally recognized DAISY Award, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes foundation which recognized Michelle’s extraordinary nursing care as” intuitive in assessing what type of needs a patient has beyond their physical presentation … strong advocate for women, children and victims of assault … patients, family, and staff trust Michelle because of her commitment to providing outstanding patient care.” Michelle is married and is the mother of two boys. She enjoys collaborating with the multidisciplinary team and the exam can be the victim’s voluntary first step toward healing and justice.