A new model in evaluating child sexual abuse: Child Advocacy Centers


Bag O., ALŞEN GÜNEY S.

IZMIR DR BEHCET UZ COCUK HASTANESI DERGISI, vol.6, no.1, pp.9-14, 2016 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.5222/buchd.2016.009
  • Journal Name: IZMIR DR BEHCET UZ COCUK HASTANESI DERGISI
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.9-14
  • Keywords: Child Advocacy Centers, sexual abuse, forensic interview, TURKEY, PROTECTION, EXPERIENCE, NEGLECT
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Child Advocacy Centers (CAC), are newly established centers where professionals working in the field of child sexual abuse which can display a multidisciplinary approach. The first CAC in Turkey was established in 2010 and they are, now, increasing in number all around the country. The basic goal of CACs is to prevent the secondary abuse due to repeating interviews especially during forensic process. Forensic interview in CACs, is based on the thought that the child tells about this special event to professionals specially trained in a specially structured mirrored room and child-friendly environment. During this special interview, representatives of each institute gathers their own data. Videorecording of this interview minimizes the need for further explanation. After the interview, both the forensic is initiated and the child is provided with all social and healthcare services in a child-friendly environment. It is important to support CACs to maintain appropiate approach in child sexual abuse all around the country.