Advocacy: Partnerships in the community

 

When a child or teenager enters one of the Childhelp Advocacy Centers, they have already been through tremendous struggle and trauma and have likely spent much of their lives unable to trust many of the adults around them.  Because of their delicate emotional and physical states, the men and women who work and volunteer in the Advocacy Centers must work carefully and earnestly to help these abused children make their case against the perpetrators and also find a way to foster healing in the process.

Because of the many children in need of support, Childhelp partners with members of the community whose expertise are necessary, such as local medical and mental health professionals, forensic interviewers, and local law enforcement.  Each of these roles is essential in caring for and protecting abused children.

Medical and mental health professionals help assess children who have been abused and help ensure that they are given the proper treatment as they begin to recover, both emotionally and physically. 

Forensic interviewers are responsible for determining what type of abuse occurred and for the beginning stages of collecting evidence for the courts.  For children, describing their experience of abuse can be extremely taxing and even scary, so this process is designed with reducing the trauma experienced by the child as well as increasing the probability of a conviction.

Lastly, the Advocacy Centers partner with local law enforcement such as the detective we interviewed last November.  These officials make inquiries into suspected abuse and help ensure that the evidence is collected properly.  Without their hard work, evidence collected could be deemed inadmissible in court.

At Childhelp we are incredibly thankful for all of the individuals who partner with our Advocacy Centers and for their tireless work to help be a voice for abused children across the country.

To learn more about Childhelp Advocacy Centers, click here.

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