VICTIM ADVOCACY 101. Defining Roles and Responsibilities Yvette Roszell Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. Children’s Advocacy Centers are:. Facility based programs which provide comprehensive , multidisciplinary services to children suspected of having been abused,
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Defining Roles and Responsibilities
Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center
Facility based programs which provide
comprehensive, multidisciplinary services to
children suspected of having been abused,
particularly sexually abused.
1985 – First CAC – National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), Huntsville, AL
1987 – National Children’s Alliance (NCA) founded (Originally known as the National Network of CAC’s)
1995 – Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers established by US Department of Justice
RCACs are training and technical assistance resource centers for communities establishing or strengthening a CAC and are funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, OJJDP.
The four RCACs are assigned to specific geographic areas and work in partnership with NCA to further the development and growth of strong CACs across the country.
210 Pratt Avenue NE
Huntsville, AL 35801
Cym Doggett, Project Director
4 Terry Drive, Suite 16
Newton, PA 18940
Anne Lynn, Project Director
Distribution of state funds
National membership and accrediting organization for Children’s Advocacy Centers.
Mission: to promote and support communities in providing a coordinated investigation and comprehensive response to child victims of abuse.
Awarded 8.7 million in grants during 2009.
Training & Technical Assistance
National Children’s Advocacy Center
The ACE Study (Adverse Childhood Experience), conducted in 1998 , revealed a direct correlation between childhood trauma and the leading causes of death in adults.
CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTERS AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAMS 1998 , revealed a direct correlation between childhood trauma and the leading causes of death in adults.
Victim support and advocacy services are routinely made available to all CAC clients and their non-offending family members as part of the multidisciplinary team response.
Crisis intervention and ongoing support services are routinely available for children and their non-offending family members on-site or through linkage agreements with other appropriate agencies or providers.
Education regarding the dynamics of abuse, the coordinated multidisciplinary response, treatment, and access to services is routinely available for children and their non-offending family members.
Information regarding the rights of crime victims is routinely available to children and their non-offending family members and is consistent with legal, ethical and professional standards of practice.
The CAC/MDT’s written documents include availability of victim support and advocacy services for all CAC clients.
A designated, trained individual(s) provides comprehensive, coordinated victim support and advocacy services including, but not limited to:
Procedures are in place to provide initial and on-going support and advocacy with the child and/or non-offending family members.
How do we get a handle on what are the essential roles and responsibilities of a Victim Advocate?
Roles of other team members are pretty clear…..Medical, Mental Health, Child Protection Service, Law Enforcement, Prosecutor, Forensic Interviewer, CAC, etc.
Focus group held in Huntsville, October, 2009
Participants were chosen based upon their history of providing advocacy services within a CAC setting
Group was diverse in experience and geographic location (urban vs. rural, etc.)
~ James Freeman Clarke ~