Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Transforming the child abuse system, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center provides a child-friendly environment where a skilled team of professionals come together under one roof to investigate serious child abuse allegations, conduct forensic interviews to aid in the prosecution of offenders, and provide therapy and victim assistance services to the child abuse victims and their non-offending family members. The only agency of its kind in Dallas County, DCAC collaborates with all 26 law enforcement agencies, Child Protective Services, District Attorney’s Office, and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. DCAC reduces the re-victimization of the child, removes barriers to investigation and treatment, and enhances criminal prosecution with its distinctive multidisciplinary approach to child abuse cases. DCAC is the place where healing begins.
DCAC served over 2,000 children and non-offending family members in 2009. DCAC’s average client is an 8 year old girl who has been sexually abused by someone she knows and trusts. The unfortunate reality is that child abuse exists. National statistics sadly state that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by age 18. Speedway Children’s Charities has been a long time supporter of the DCAC Therapy Program. Thank you, Speedway Children’s Charities, for your commitment to helping children in our community and your support of our life-changing therapy program.
The DCAC Therapy Program enables children who have been abused to develop a healthy self-image, learn to trust again, and identify ways to protect themselves from further victimization. Specially trained and licensed therapists work with child victims on complex issues stemming from their abuse such as shame, embarrassment, safety and self-esteem. Child abuse victims enrolled in the therapy program receive individual, group, play, art, and animal assisted therapy regardless of their ability pay. DCAC is committed to providing hope and healing to the youngest of victims. Through DCAC’s Therapy Program, children leave DCAC not as victims, but as survivors with a bright future ahead.