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Safe Horizon Expands Expert Services for Child Victims of Abuse

Child Advocacy Center

At our Child Advocacy Centers (CACs), children who have suffered sexual abuse or severe physical abuse are treated by caring teams who are fiercely dedicated to ending child abuse and helping children and families heal.

August 16, 2017

Safe Horizon is expanding services for victims of child abuse and their impacted family members, citywide. For over two decades, Safe Horizon has been at the forefront of establishing state-of-the-art co-located Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) in which multidisciplinary teams comprised of law enforcement, child protection, prosecutors, pediatricians, victim advocates and mental health professionals work together in child-friendly facilities to coordinate the investigation and response to the most serious cases of child abuse.

The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice has dedicated an additional $3.6 million to the CACs. This critical funding will enable Safe Horizon to expand our provision of services into the weekends, increase our capacity to work with older children and work with our medical partners to increase the provision of on-site medical care for children. From July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, over 8,400 children received critical services from the expert teams at Safe Horizon’s Child Advocacy Centers.

Safe Horizon’s Vice President of Child Advocacy and Mental Health Treatment Services Nancy Arnow is so proud of Safe Horizon’s unwavering support and commitment to these Child Advocacy Centers along with the tremendous support of our city partners. “Receiving this additional funding feels like a dream come true,” she says.

To learn more about our CACs, click here.