The Butterfly House is a freestanding forensic exam facility in Palm Beach County maintained by Palm Beach County Victim Services. Opened in 2011, it has been the go-to facility for many of the forensic exams in Palm Beach County. The site features an exam room, an interview room, and supplies to make the evidence collection process more comfortable. Exams are performed by our SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurses with a victim advocate present for support.
On December 7, 2011, Nadia Sorocka of the Sun Sentinel featured this article:
“Wellington Regional Medical Center is now home to Palm Beach County’s first comprehensive sexual assault response care center.
On Dec. 1 State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto along with Palm Beach County Victim Services and hospital officials had a ribbon- cutting ceremony and tour of the center called the Butterfly House, which is located outside the Emergency Room.
The Butterfly House is the result of a year-long effort of Benacquisto and Victim Services to secure funding and a location for the service center.
“We made sure this project was looked after and that funding stayed in place,” Benacquisto said.
The center is expected to greatly improve response to victims’ needs with the ultimate goal to provide coordinated crisis response, improve medical and mental health treatment of rape victims and enhance the evidence collection process, according to Palm Beach County Justice Services and Victim Services staff.
“Every victim in Palm Beach County will be brought here,” Benacquisto said. “So a victim can heal and have the tools they need to love, grow and spread their wings again.”
By centralizing and coordinating dedicated teams comprising law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates and medical providers, there will be a more effective response to crimes of sexual assault. The medical staff at the Butterfly House, which is under the direction of Dr. David Soria and head nurse Joan Franklin, has undergone extensive training to better understand collection of forensic data, Soria said.
“In the past the process was inadequate and impaired the healing process,” he said. “We are ready to address the needs of these patients without the discomfort and delay of being in the ER.”
A link to the original article can be found here:
Additional articles on the Butterfly House include:
The Town Crier YouTube video
Count-E-Line news article