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Domestic Violence Nurse

A Domestic Violence Nurse works with patients who are victims of physical or emotional abuse.
Required education
Average annual salary
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll use forensic techniques to gather and record evidence and keep detailed records of patients’ injuries and experiences.
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What you’ll do


You’ll collect and record information about the patient’s injuries, their history and their experiences.


You’ll work with law enforcement and appear in court on behalf of patients.


You’ll maintain in-depth knowledge about therapy groups and other resources for patients.


You’ll examine, evaluate and provide patients with physical and mental support.

Where you’ll work
  • Community clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Public health offices
How to become a Domestic Violence Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Domestic Violence Registered Nurse, taking continuing education courses in Forensic Nursing.


After three years you can get your Certification in Forensic Nursing. You can also become certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.


Get your Advanced Forensic Nursing Certification

once you have 2,000 hours of experience in Forensic Nursing with 30 hours of continuing education classes.


You’re ready to work as a Domestic Violence Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Domestic Violence Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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