Chronic sexual assault examinations are conducted by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at the Center. Acute sexual assault examinations (within 96 hours post assault) are performed at a hospital. Center advocates are available to accompany victims and their families to the hospital when needed.
The time from outcry of abuse until the end of a criminal trial can take months or even years. The Advocacy program provides support and information to victims and their non-offending families involved with the MDT. This program provides a continuum of care for clients from the first day they come to the Center until the end of the resulting criminal trial. Advocates represent the best interest of the client with the MDT and provide information to clients regarding the status of their case and make referrals for additional services and resources as needed.
What We Do:
The Center provides a comfortable, child-friendly environment that hosts a safe place for child victims of abuse and assault to talk about what has happened and begin to heal. The purpose of a Children’s Advocacy Center model is to provide a well-coordinated, multidisciplinary response to allegations of child abuse or victimization, beginning with a forensic interview and including case management and therapeutic services for children and their non-offending family members or guardians. With help from the Center, these children and families no longer have to repeatedly tell their story or face the justice system alone.
Hunt County Children’s Advocacy Center employs highly-trained forensic interviewers who interview child victims to gather information about the alleged offense for Law Enforcement and Child Protective Services, and prosecution.
Our Multidisciplinary Team or MDT is a group of professionals working together to investigate allegations of child abuse and sexual assault, while ensuring that the best interests of the victims are being served. This team approach involves the vital resources of CAC staff, law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the prosecutors’ offices, and medical and mental health professionals. Each victims’ case is staffed by the MDT. These services are overseen by the Director of Forensic Services.
Child abuse victims, their non-offending family members, and adult sexual assault survivors are invited to enter free counseling and therapy programs conducted by the Center. Licensed Professional Counselors, their interns, and contracted practitioners provide individual Therapy, Play Therapy, and Pet-Assisted Therapy to help victims and their families find healing after the abuse. Practitioners utilize techniques in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist in restoring the victims lives. Therapeutic Services are overseen by the Clinical Director.