ADVOCACY CENTERS



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

CENTER SUPPORTS

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
http://www.kpho.com/story/20421488/cps-official-wants-to-close-gaps-endangering-kids

SOUTHWEST FAMILY ADVOCACY CENTER http://www.azcentral.com/community/swvalley/articles/2008/04/11/20080411swv-crisis0412inside.html