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About Forensic Healthcare Consulting Ruth Downing MSN RN CNP SANE-A—————————————————
Ruth has a passion for improving the healthcare response to violence, integrating health and justice. Since her introduction to forensic nursing in 1999, she discovered the tremendous influence that healthcare professionals can have with their patients who have experienced violence, and the value of the multidisciplinary team approach to violence.

Ruth is currently a family nurse practitioner in an Urgent Care setting. She has been a registered nurse for over 30 years, a forensic nurse since 1999, and a family nurse practitioner since 2006.

In 2007 Ruth became an entrepreneur and founded Forensic Healthcare Consulting. She provides education and consulting services to healthcare and legal professionals on the multidisciplinary response to violence in our communities. Ruth has been active in county, state, national and international initiatives addressing interpersonal violence.

Ruth initiated and directed a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program for seven years. Professional activities include memberships in:

  • Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses,
    serving as President in 2008

  • Advisory Team for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention
    at the Family Justice Center Alliance in San Diego

  • Ohio Family Violence Prevention Advisory Council,
    within the Office of Criminal Justice Services

  • Ohio Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review Board

  • Ohio Sexual Assault Task Force

  • Central Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition

  • Delaware County Against Human Trafficking Coalition

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

  • Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses

  • Ohio Mortuary Operational Response Team

Ruth authored “Manual and Ligature Strangulation” for On the Edge, and has presented at the International Association of Forensic Nurses Scientific Assembly, the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, and to undergraduate and graduate nursing students. She has provided education on sexual assault, domestic violence and strangulation to nurses, physicians, law enforcement, social workers, parents, college students and administrators and others.

Since 2008, Ruth has provided trainings in Peru on the maltreatment of women and children with a multidisciplinary team, in collaboration with the International Justice Mission, The River Church Community in San Jose, CA, and Paz y Esperanza in Huánuco and Lima Peru. She instructs forensic and OB/GYN physicians, medical students, nurses, lawyers, the Peruvian National Police, social workers and advocates.

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