Child Advocacy Centers Featured in October 5th Episode of "Law & Order: SVU"

Posted on: Monday, October 3, 2011

Keywords: Safe Horizon, Child Advocacy Center, Law & Order: SVU, Special Victims Unit, child abuse, child sexual abuse, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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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, a model of one of Safe Horizon’s co-located Child Advocacy Centers will be featured on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" this Wednesday, October 5 on NBC at 10pm EST. We hope you’ll tune in!

The "Law & Order: SVU" episode "Blood Brothers" follows Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and her squad as they investigate a case involving a child victim of rape. The investigation leads the team to a Child Advocacy Center, modeled after Safe Horizon's centers where more than 4,000 child victims of abuse a year receive critical care and services during times of crisis.

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.

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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