It is our goal to minimize trauma and reduce re-victimization to child victims of abuse. This goal is accomplished by providing a multidisciplinary response to allegations of child abuse in a professional and child-sensitive manner and by videotaping interviews to reduce the number of times a child victim has to retell his or her abuse to multiple persons.
Paramount to helping child victims of abuse is the ability to quickly identify the abuse and get the child to the appropriate authorities. At the WCCAC we help the community identify vulnerable child victims via our Community Outreach Program.
Once a potential victim has been identified, the child comes to us, via law enforcement or CPS, for forensic interview services. An in-house forensic medical exam is also available if requested by law enforcement.
Children and teens coming to the Center may be victims of abuse and/or neglect, or they may have witnessed a serious crime.
The WCCAC also offers child centered mental health services for those victims of families who request services. Our licensed therapists provide individual and family therapy to assist in relieving the traumatic effects of the victimization, as well as to guide families through the emotional trauma of the investigation and prosecution process.
In order to insulate the child from the trauma of the investigation, a strong collaboration is formed between the WCCAC, law enforcement, Child Protective Services, and prosecutors. The partnership exists to strengthen the integrity of the investigation and put the child on the path to healing.
This effective method provides an important sense of safety and consistency to the children and families involved.
The Center offers all services free of charge, thanks to grant assistance, individual and business financial donations, community support, and gifts-in-kind. Click here to learn how you can help.