The idea of the kit rose out of a conversation with Jean Cheek, the coordinator of The Forensic Nurse Examiner Team at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, who was explaining the process for treating victims of abuse. What we found out shocked and surprised us:
“Women and children who come for treatment and the PERK exam have their clothes kept for evidence. Those abused desperately want to take a shower and often victims have to leave in paper scrubs or hospital gowns. This only adds to their shame and trauma.”
Hearing this immediately gave us a tangible way to help victims of abuse and meet the needs of the hospital through the creation of the F2F Kit.
F2F Kit (Age 13 and up)
“Bear Gear” (12 and under)
|The F2F adult kit (13 and older) includes sweat pants, a t-shirt, underwear, toiletries, gum, a washcloth and a journal to provide them with an outlet to express their emotions.||“Bear Gear” for children (12 and under) includes basic clothing needs and age appropriate items such as paper, crayons and a sticker book to ease their anxiety.|