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DCC Victim Advocacy Program

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The purpose of the Victim Advocacy Program is to provide advocacy services to child victims and their families when sexual abuse has been alleged to the children and families being served by Dorchester Children's Center and the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT).  

Our Victim Advocates are involved in coordinating intervention services that have been recommended by the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) members, identifying any barriers that may prevent the family from receiving services, and advocating for immediate service implementation. They are present when children and families are at the Center and serve to support and answer questions about the investigative process, court process, and treatment options.


During the first visit to our center, the Victim Advocate begins to provide advocacy services to child victims and their families when sexual abuse and/or serious physical abuse are alleged. The Victim Advocate meets with the victim and the family to explain the procedures and agencies involved with Dorchester Children's Center and explain the victim's legal rights.

In addition, the Victim Advocate helps to follow-up to ensure child victims and their families are receiving the recommended services from Dorchester Children’s Center or other Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) partners. This will happen at three intervals: 30 days, 60 days and 6 months after the initial visit. The Victim Advocate is involved in coordinating intervention services that have been recommended by the MDT members, identifying any barriers that may prevent the family from receiving services, and advocating for immediate service implementation.  


The ultimate goal of the Victim Advocate is to contact every family to determine if they have received therapy, if they are satisfied with their therapists and treatment, and if they have received other treatment as recommended by the Multidisciplinary Team.

 

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