Children under the age of 18 come to the Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center when there is reason to believe that they have been physically or sexually abused. They come to the Center only after a report of the abuse has been made to law enforcement and/or the Division of Child Safety.
Children come to the Center to tell a specially trained interviewer what happened to them. The Forensic Interviewers work with law enforcement agencies, the Department of Child Safety, and County Attorneys to ensure that quality forensic evidence is collected in a manner that protects the child victims from further trauma.
Some children who come to the Children’s Advocacy Center need a medical evaluation. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner gathers forensic medical information for the investigation of the reported abuse and may also make recommendations to ensure that the health needs of the child are met.
Advocates support the non-offending family members of the child victims. They offer assistance and service referrals so families can heal from the trauma of the abuse and re-gain control of their lives.