The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children’s mission is to promote healing of children and crime victims through advocacy, collaboration, prevention, and treatment.
THE ADVOCACY CENTER FOR CRIME VICTIMS & CHILDREN IS A 501(C)(3) PRIVATE NONPROFIT UMBRELLA AGENCY THAT INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS:
The Victims Center responds immediately to survivors of violence. While seventy percent of those served by the program are affected by sexual assault, the agency works with victims of all crimes.
Services provided include a 24-hour Crisis Hotline, sexual assault nurse exams, case management and counseling. Individual, family and group therapy are available. Groups include people who have lost someone to homicide or suicide, women survivors of sexual abuse, teen girls, boys and men.
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) program is made up of specially trained RNs who are on-call 24/7. They offer compassionate care and support for victims at a moment’s notice. Nurses meet rigorous legal and medical standards required by statute and ethical code. Their work includes forensic medical collection, medical intervention, health education, follow up referrals and objective legal testimony.
Volunteers carry a cell phone to answer a 24/7 crisis hotline and go to local hospitals to provide compassionate emotional support and advocate for sexual assault survivors.
Crisis Intervention – immediate 24/7 response through the crisis hotline for children and adult survivors of violence, including stranger and non-stranger sexual assault. Crisis Intervention and Advocacy are available on a walk-in basis during normal business hours (8:30 am-12 pm and 1:-5:00 pm) at our main location. Call the hotline for more information at 254-752-7233 or toll free at 888-867-7233.
Case Management – assessment, referrals, and advocacy for clients with law enforcement, the court system, and other agencies
Counseling – professional, confidential counseling for victims of all crimes and their families
Support groups – sexual assault survivor groups for women, men, boys, girls, and teens
Child Fatality Review Team – tracks trends and risks; educates the community in ways to prevent child deaths
Community Education – informs children, teachers, clergy and other community members about child abuse issues
Family enrichment groups – provide non-violent ways to deal with communication and discipline issues.
The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a helping hand to hurting children by minimizing their amount of time involved in the investigation and judicial process. The CAC provides the following: forensic interviews, multidisciplinary weekly case tracking, forensic medical examinations, case management and counseling. The Children’s Advocacy Center serves McLennan County.
Our Services Include:
A holistic, coordinated response to suspected sexual and physical abuse
Videotaped interview – gives the child an opportunity to tell his or her story
Medical examination – ensures the physical health of the child
Weekly Case Review – partner agencies oversee each case from beginning to end
Partner agencies – Law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the District Attorney, the medical community, social workers, and case managers
“Help us create a community without sexual violence.If you cannot even imagine what that looks like, you are not alone.But together we can begin to make that dream a reality.”
Understand the Issues
Sexual violence affects both men and women. Both can be victims of sexual assault or have loved ones who have been, or will be, victims of sexual assault. Our goal is to stop sexual violence before it begins.
According to the Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention) Sexual Violence (SV) refers to sexual activity where consent is not obtained or freely given. Anyone can experience SV, but most victims are female. The person responsible for the violence is typically male and is usually someone known to the victim. The person can be, but is not limited to, a friend, coworker, neighbor, or family member.
There are many types of SV. Not all include physical contact between the victim and the perpetrator (person who harms someone else) – for example, sexual harassment, threats, and peeping. Other SV, including unwanted touching and rape, includes physical contact.
This is where you come in. Your help, in the form of volunteerism and monitary donations, allow you to be a part of the difference we are making in our community. Please consider helping the Advocacy Center by whatever means you are most able. The two most common ways you can help are through your donations and volunteering with the Advocacy Center. For more information on how you can help directly, please contact us. Thank you in advance for you consideration!