Child Advocacy Centers Featured in April 3 Episode of "Law & Order: SVU"

Posted on: Monday, April 8, 2013

Keywords: Safe Horizon, Child Abuse, Child Advocacy Center, Law & Order, SVU

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Safe Horizon's Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) make a tremendous difference in the lives of child victims of abuse, by providing hope, help, healing and justice thanks to the unique partnerships formed with law enforcement agents, district attorney's offices, child protective agency representatives and medical care providers. Due to such incredible efforts and partnerships, one of Safe Horizon’s co-located Child Advocacy Centers was featured on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Wednesday, April 3 on NBC.

The "Law & Order: SVU" episode, “Born Psychopath," follows Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and her squad as they race against the clock to stop a young boy with homicidal tendencies. The investigation leads the team to a Safe Horizon Child Advocacy Center, where more than 4,000 child victims of physical and sexual abuse receive critical care and services each year during times of crisis. Safe Horizon’s logo and tagline were featured in the beginning of the episode.

Safe Horizon's CACs work to prevent re-traumatization -- that is, further trauma of the child -- and to ensure that a coordinated investigation is begun immediately. At Safe Horizon's CACs, advocates, the police department, the district attorney’s office, medical providers and the New York City Administration for Children's Services (ACS) collaborate to provide a cooperative and coordinated approach to the investigation of child abuse cases.

We thank the producers of "Law & Order: SVU" for focusing on this critical issue. Watch the full episode here.

To learn more about Safe Horizon’s CACs, click here.

To take a virtual tour of our Child Advocacy Centers, click here.

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