A Forensic Interview is a non-leading objective interview that is conducted in a manner that is legally sound, of a fact finding nature and coordinated to avoid duplicative interviewing. This interview is conducted at the Valley Children’s Advocacy Center in a child friendly environment, by a trained forensic interviewer. Multidisciplinary team members that have jurisdiction on a case are present to observe the interview and collaborate after the interview to determine the best course of action to take on behalf of each child. The interview is digitally recorded which helps eliminate the need for additional interviews and becomes property of law enforcement.
After a child has been interviewed for alleged abuse, he/she is referred for counseling at Valley Children’s Advocacy Center. We offer therapy to any abused child and non-offending caregiver and/or family members at no cost to the family. We also will make referrals for counseling to other agencies. We have a licensed counselor on staff that is trained in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Trauma Focus – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used for children who may benefit from obtaining additional skills to manage their feelings, thought, and behaviors regarding sexual abuse.
Advocacy and support are provided to the child and non-offending caregiver. Services include information and referral, crime victim compensation information, court support, and education. Family advocacy at Valley Children’s Advocacy Center is designed to support the non-offending caregiver so they can support the child. The purpose is to assist the caregiver in this time of crisis, provide education about child abuse and help the family find any other resources they may need.
Community Education and Outreach
In a perfect world, children live in safe, nurturing environments. But our world is not perfect. It is a harsh reality that child abuse occurs all to frequently. Nearly 600 cases of child abuse and neglect are reported in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County each year. Valley Children’s Advocacy Center is available to provide training and educational presentations in order to help our community understand abuse.
1105 Greenville Avenue
Staunton, VA 24401
REPORT CHILD ABUSE
Child Protective Services (540) 245-5800 ext. 6
In-State Hotline (800) 552-7096
Out-of-State Hotline (804) 786-8536
Hearing Impaired (800) 828-1120