The Center provides an atmosphere of reduced stress for victims of child abuse and sexual assault. This allows law enforcement and the County Attorney's Office to investigate their cases with minimal impact.
The Center aims to:
Ensure victims are treated with respect and dignity throughout the investigative process.
Perform forensic interviews and medical exams in a child-friendly and safe environment.
Minimize trauma and re-victimization, by limiting the number of interviews and medical examinations victims are subjected to.
Provide counseling and advocate services to assist victims and their families.
Improve the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children by promoting a multidisciplinary team approach to child abuse investigations.
The Center incorporates a multidisciplinary team approach to abuse investigations. The staff consists of representatives from:
- County Attorney’s Office
- Pinal County Sheriff’s Office
- Eloy Police Department
- Casa Grande Police Department
- Child Protective Services
- St. Joseph’s Medical Center
Types of child abuse
Neglect is defined as the caregiver’s failure to adequately provide for the child’s physical or emotional needs.
Physical Abuse is defined as a physical act, that may cause physical injury.
Emotional Abuse is defined as a systematic destruction of a person’s emotional well being.
Sexual Abuse is defined as involvement of a child in sexual activity to provide sexual gratification or financial benefit for the perpetrator.
If you suspect a child has been abused:
Call law enforcement at 911 and Child Protective Services at 1-888-SOS-CHILD