What is a Family Advocacy Center?
An advocacy center is a comprehensive, victim focused program based in a facility that allows law enforcement, child protection professionals, forensic interviewers, prosecutors, mental health providers, medical professionals, and victim advocates to work together when intervening and investigating violent crimes against children and adults.
CENTERS IN ARIZONA
The East Valley Advocacy Center will join the 17 other advocacy centers that exist in the state of Arizona.
CENTERS AROUND THE COUNTRY
There are over 700 Family and Child Advocacy Centers around the country.
Advocacy Centers: Before & After
The following statistics give you an idea of the huge impact Advocacy Centers make.
Case Time: 12+ hours to complete a case down to 3-4 hours to complete a case
Time in ER: 8-10 hours down to 1-2 hours in the ER
Advocate Availability: Instead of offsite referrals an Advocate is now immediately available
Conviction Rate: 42% conviction rate up to 64% conviction rate
Turndown Rate: 50% case turndown rate now down to 7% turndown rate
Multiple Interviews: 91% multiple interviews now down to 8% multiple interviews
Sex Offenders Tracked: 11% sex offenders tracked up to 90% sex offenders tracked
There are several critical organizations that help support the advocacy centers around the country. Here in Arizona we have ACFAN and the WRCAC. Nationwide NCA helps support the centers.
ADVOCACY CENTERS MAKING NEWS
Pinal County takes steps towards new San Tan Valley Family Advocacy Center.
Advocacy centers seen as a best practice
SOUTHWEST FAMILY ADVOCACY CENTER http://www.azcentral.com/community/swvalley/articles/2008/04/11/20080411swv-crisis0412inside.html