Once referred to us by law enforcement agencies, a fact-finding interview is conducted by a trained forensic interviewer in an age appropriate and child-friendly environment. Investigative team members watch the interview and take their investigative notes via closed circuit television as the interview is taking place so the child only has to speak to one person.
Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT)
The team consists of law enforcement officers, Child Protective Services case workers, local prosecutors, healthcare providers, and Children’s Advocacy Center staff. The team approach to victim assistance ensures a continuum of services to help stabilize the lives of child abuse victims while streamlining the process.
Personal safety education targets school-age children. The curriculum focuses on the importance of recognizing abuse, resisting unsafe situations and reporting to a “safe adult”. Outreach/Community awareness helps people more effectively recognize signs of child abuse and the importance of timely reporting to the appropriate authorities.
Victim Support and Advocacy
Support services & referrals are provided for children & their protective family members. Services are designed to meet the immediate emotional, physical, financial and safety needs for the family.
The MDT meets monthly for case review which monitors cases as they are moving through the civil & criminal justice systems.
If a child makes an outcry of abuse or if there are extenuating circumstances, they are referred for counseling services. The counselors at the PRCAC are trained in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Play Therapy.