When police or child protective services believe a child is being abused, the child may be brought to a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) —a safe, child-focused environment—by a caregiver or other “safe” adult. A Child Advocacy Center is a place where a child can tell their story once to a trained interviewer who knows the right questions to ask in a way that does not not re-traumatize the child. Idaho CACs currently use the NICHD model of forensic interviewing. Then, a team that may include medical professionals, law enforcement, mental health, prosecution, child protective services, victim advocacy, and other professionals make decisions together about how to help the child based on the interview. CACs may offer therapy and medical exams, plus courtroom preparation, victim advocacy, case management, and other services.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center
1050 Memorial Drive
Bear Lake Bright Tomorrows
822 Washington Street