Southwest Virginia Children's Advocacy
Southwest Virginia Children's Advocacy Center
(CAC), an accredited CAC, is a child-friendly,
child-focused, community oriented, safe facility where
representatives from many disciplies meet to discuss and
make decisions about the investigation, treatment and
prosecution of child abuse cases. The center is
designed to accommodate children of all ages; helping to
reduce stress and trauma for the child victim.
The multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach brings together, under one umbrella,
all the professionals and agencies needed to offer comprehensive services:
law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, victim advocacy and the medical
community. A specially trained professional conducts
forensic interviews with the child victim, while team
members observe and participate from behind a one-way
mirror. This approach reduces the number of times
children must repeat their stories of abuse. The
initial contact person and the safe atmosphere are critical
in the efforts to gain children's confidence and trust.
Mental health treatment services include short-term mental
health therapy, crisis intervention, assessment, case
management, safety planning, criminal justice and advocacy.
Because child abuse does not affect only the child, but the
entire family, the CAC also offers the Family Advocate
program. This program provides case management,
education and support to parents/caregivers to help them
better understand the impact of child abuse.
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Healing can happen,
children can learn coping skills that reduce stress and
parents/caregivers can help by supporting their child/children.
Ignoring what has happened will not make the “hurt” go away.