Forensic Nurses

My service to IAFN has always been an honor for me and an opportunity to give back to my colleagues who have been there for me during my nursing career.  The committees on which I have served have been a springboard to connecting with other forensic nurses, growing as a nurse and seeing forensic nurses through the eyes of others.  This has expanded my ability to care for patients, to develop educational opportunities for forensic nurses, and to advance my scholarship. 

Anita Hufft, PhD, RN, Valdosta, GA


Forensic Nurses Week is organized by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), a nursing association representing over 3,000 registered nurses, death investigators, other forensic medical professionals, correctional officers, and law enforcement. To celebrate, these professionals will be raising awareness in their communities by putting up posters in their facilities, educating their colleagues about the practice, and wearing lilac—the designated color of Forensic Nursing.

This year Forensic Nurses week will be held on November 12th through 16th, 2012

>>See how we celebrated last year

About Forensic Nurses

Studies show that nearly 40% of people experience consequential violence or abuse, and these victims access the healthcare system at least twice as frequently as those without a history. Forensic Nurses are the first responders to victims once they enter the healthcare system. Forensic nurses care for victims and perpetrators of physical, psychological and/or social violence and/or abuse.  Forensic nurses provide nursing care, collect evidence and provide consultation in a variety of areas including: sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, death investigation,  elder mistreatment, corrections, emergency services, mental health and public health. Learn more 

Forensic Nurses Documentary:

Just in time for Forensic Nurses Week..The International Association of Forensic Nurses and the Foundation in collaboration with Seedworks Films brings you a look into the world of Forensic Nurses. Be the first of your colleagues to view the 30 minute film in its entirety. Available now in the IAFN store!! Check out the trailer below and see all of our videos on our YouTube page

Recognizing the Forensic Nurse:

This year IAFN membership would like to recognize the following forensic nurses who everyday make a difference in the lives of their patients.  These are the nurses who work daily with victims and sometime perpetrators of violence providing compassionate, ethical and evidenced base care. A big THANK YOU for the work you do and the incredible impact you have on your patients and your communities.

Denise Atkinson     Chris Jolliffe    Isabelle Markley    Laura Wolfensberger                  

Julie Hansberger    Pam Kelly       Pamela Terrill    Kimberly Womack

Melissa Ratcliff Harper    Patti Kenyon     Sherri Thornton             

Forensic Nurses Week Resources:

Post a link on your website, blog, or social media profile. Download JPG 
Buy a T-Shirt  order it now to get it in time for Forensic Nurses Week!  Order Here
Send an email to your colleagues to tell them about it. It's so easy! Just copy and paste this sample text into an email.
Contact your Policy Maker and tell them the Forensic Nursing Week is important to you. Learn how to contact your Policy Makers

2011 Press Releases:

Official Press Release (International) - .DOC |  .TXT 
For general use in sending to local, national, and international publications.

Official Press Release (Local) .DOC  |  .TXT 
For use in honoring nurses in your community. Enter nurse's name & community. 

Articles of Interest

Please join us on Facebook!

Join us on Facebook for Forensic Nurses Week! Become a fan of our page and share your stories, pictures or even videos.We at the IAFN want to know how you celebrated. Remember 11.11.11 is Lilac Day the color of Forensic Nurses. For more information please email Marisa Raso, .


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