- Phone: 805-906-1382
Specialties & Experience
General Specialties: Nurse and Legal Nurse Consulting
Specialty Focus: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Strangulation expert, Forensic nurse, Medical-legal examiner, Sexual assault, Child sexual abuse
Education: AA, Ventura College; AS, Ventura College of Nursing; BSN, University of Phoenix; MFS, National University
Years in Practice: 12
Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 20+
Gina D’Aquilla has worked as a Registered Nurse for over 12 years. Her experience began in the acute care settings of the hospital, including Medical-Surgical, Oncology, Telemetry, Definitive Observation Unit (DOU), and at a level two trauma center. During her time in the acute hospital setting, she worked on many different committees and precepted multiple new nurses teaching them to develop strong assessment skills in specialty areas of the hospital. In 2012, Ms. D’Aquilla was asked to join Ventura County’s forensic program as a sexual assault nurse examiner. Forensics quickly became a passion for her which led her to a fulltime forensic career working not only in Ventura but at a busy Family Justice Center in Los Angeles, California. In 2014, she was promoted to Medical Coordinator where she oversees the medical coordination of Ventura County’s two nationally accredited Child Advocacy Centers. She developed multiple policies including examination of victims of violence, examination of people suspected of committing sexual assault, and physician consult for sexual assault victims. Ms. D’Aquilla participates in many collaborative workgroups and task forces related to forensic issues. Ms. D’Aquilla is a recognized expert in the field of forensics. She has testified in court as an expert in sexual assault as well as strangulation. She has conducted over 1300 examinations on victims of abuse of all ages and on suspects of sexual assault as well. She understands how the evidence obtained in forensic medical examinations can be challenged in court and is committed to helping others understand the importance, through training and incorporating, best forensic practice in their work. She educates law enforcement, DA's, medical personnel, first responders, advocates, members of the military, and community members on sexual assault and strangulation prevention.