Agencies involved with abused children meet to hone agreement
It’s all about coming together for the benefit of children.
Institutions who work together in Hays and Caldwell countues to investigate, prosecute and prevent child abuse gathered recently to formalize their new working agreements.
This multidisciplinary team collaboration, facilitated by the Hays Caldwell Women’s Center’s “Roxanne’s House,” met at HCWC to commemorate the new working agreements.
Roxanne’s House, a Children’s Advocacy Center, is a child-friendly facility where abused children come to heal. At Roxanne’s House, multidisciplinary teams work together to ensure cooperation in responses to child abuse occurring in Hays and Caldwell counties, ensuring that the path through the workings of law enforcement, the legal system and state agencies runs more smoothly.
Last year, the institutions affiliated with Roxanne’s House worked together on hundreds of cases of child abuse, including 40 cases in which defendants were sentenced to 780 years in prison plus 2 life sentences in addition to 148 years of probation.
Roxanne’s House also conducted 347 forensic interviews last year, its highest total ever and a 36 percent increase over the prior year’s total. Forensic interviews of child abuse victims are arranged by referral from law enforcement or Child Protective Services.
The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center has a 36-year history of serving women, men and children in Hays and Caldwell counties who are victims of sexual assault, child abuse and family violence.
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