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Call for your appointment: 231.690-7921

The COVE Sexual Assault Nurse Examination (SANE) Program is supported in part by the Community Foundation of Mason County ( and the Daisy Marsh Reek Fund.

Expanded Sexual Assault Services

Beginning January 2019, COVE received additional funding to add sexual assault services in Manistee County.  This grant was created by the Victims of Crime Act of1984 (VOCA).  The Crime Victims Fund comes from Federal criminal fines andpenalties, not taxpayers and does not add to the national debt or deficit.

Through this grant, additional services provided by COVE will include: individual andgroup supportive counseling and healing arts therapies.  Two new positions were created with this grant and both will have a presence in all four counties served by COVE for Sexual Assault services: a sexual assault counselor and advocate.

COVE staff members provide services using a trauma-informed lens. Experiencing domestic or sexual violence can affect the way the brain and body work together, therefore, it is of the utmost importance of COVE staff members to utilize practices that are sensitive towards individuals who have experienced trauma.

Additionally, the impact of experiencing violence can only be holistically understood in the context of the survivor's own culture. Race, class, religion/spirituality, immigration/refugee status, ableism, age, and gender and sexual orientation all contribute to the unique makeup of every individual. Because knowledge about the client's culture is essential for accurate assessment and culturally appropriate service to be provided, COVE staff members utilize a multi-cultural approach.


Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Unit
On January 16, 2017, COVE opened the doors to its SANE Unit. COVE has nurses on call 24/7 to service the victims of sexual assault.
What is a SANE Nurse?
COVE Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are registered nurses who have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of the patient who has experienced sexual assault or abuse.

One component of the streamlined care COVE SANE can offer is the comprehensive medical forensic examination. This exam at it’s broadest is composed of the medical forensic history, a detailed physical and emotional assessment, written/electronic and photographic documentation, collection and management of forensic samples, and providing emotional and social support and resources. The SANE also testifies in any legal proceed-ings related to the examination and ensures the proper chain of custody and integrity of the samples is maintained so that the evidence will be admissible in court.

The COVE Nurse examiners will work alongside a COVE Sexual Assault Crisis Advocate and with other disciplines in the community. These may include: law enforcement, crime lab personnel, child protective services, prosecutors and attorneys. These professionals are also striving to assure that the response to a patient who has been sexually assaulted is victim-centered and compassionate, resulting in a successful criminal justice response.
COVE SANE services are easily accessed by calling COVE’s 24/7 help line (800) 950-5808. All services are free, confidential and available to anyone.

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COVE is pleased to announce the following new staff who will be providing enhanced services to survivors of Sexual Assault.  Kara Eastling is our new Sexual Assault Counselor and Melissa Kutchinski is our new Sexual Assault Advocate.  Both of these new staff members will be providing services in Mason, Oceana, Lake and Manistee Counties.

Having office space in each of the counties listed above allows our staff to meet clients closer to their homes, so they don't have to travel to Ludington.  Staff are also able to help clients with transportation if needed.  In order to schedule a meeting with one of our advocates or counselor, please call:

231-843-2541 or IN CASE OF EMERGENCY HELP NEEDED: 800-950-5808.

COVE staff are available 24/365 to provide assistance for survivors of Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence.

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