Friday, May 26, 2017
Services We Provide

Child Friendly Facilities / Coordinated Investigations
Braveheart provides three child-friendly locations that are less threatening than other potential interview locations, such as a police department where kids often worry about someone going to jail, child’s home where the abuse may have happened, a principal’s office where kids may think they are in trouble, etc.  The child-friendly facilities operated by Braveheart ensure child abuse victims have a safe place, free from threat of their offender, to tell their story of abuse. The Henry County facility, our home office, is a two story Victorian house in a residential neighborhood.  The Tri-Counties (Marshall, Putnam and Stark) facility is located in the basement of a local church hall.  The facility is just down the street from the Marshall County State’s Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Department.  While close to team members, the location provides anonymity for victims.  The Bureau County facility is located in the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s Office.


Forensic Interviews
The type of interviews conducted at Braveheart is called forensic.  This means they are neutral and fact finding.  Braveheart has a trained forensic interviewer on site.  Many DCFS investigators and local law enforcement officers are also trained in forensic interviewing and conduct this service at our offices. The forensic interview room is very child friendly.  Coordinated team efforts reduce the number of interviews child victims must endure, thereby reducing trauma to the child.

  



Access to Mental Health and Medical Specialty Services
Braveheart works cooperatively with agency service providers to make referrals based on the needs of the child and their family.  Braveheart tracks referrals and assists families in connecting with service providers to initiate additional support.  This assures children and families are receiving appropriate/specialized services in a timely manner, and that the family is aware of available resources.  The Henry County office provides specialized mental health on site.  This is possible through an ordinance from Henry County and a linkage agreements with area mental health providers with specialized training in trauma and sexual abuse treatment.

Options for mental health/therapy providers are available from the Case Manager.  Providers are available throughout the five county areas.  The Case Manager also helps families’ complete applications for Crime Victim’s Compensation, a fund for crime victims that can help to reimburse families for therapy and other expenses that resulted from the crime. 

Medical exams are not conducted at Braveheart. Specialized medical exams are available within a 45 minute drive to Davenport, Iowa and Peoria, Illinois. Support from community donors helps ensure county transportation and gas cards are available to families to help them access therapeutic and medical specialists. 


Case Management / Advocacy
The Braveheart case manager maintains contact with the family throughout the life of their case, which at times may last up to two years, or as long as the family requests.  The Case Manager assists the child victim and their family to navigate the criminal justice system by apprising them of the status of their case on a continual basis, advocating for their concerns/needs with multidisciplinary team members/service providers, provides education on the investigative and court process, assists with resource attainment, and provides emotional support.  The Case Manager serves the full five county areas. Victim Witness Coordinators are a strong team partner in supporting families where criminal charges have been filed. 


Professional Training
Braveheart helps team members from law enforcement; DCFS, State’s Attorney’s Offices and our treatment partners access specialized training about child abuse.  Training allows multidisciplinary team members to develop and maintain specialized skills needed to better serve child abuse victims and their families. 


Community Outreach
Braveheart staff and Board Members are available to provide presentations on topics related to child abuse and the Children’s Advocacy Center concept.  These efforts increase community awareness on the prevalence of child abuse as well as how to identify and report abuse.  Increased awareness and reporting leads to more timely and successful intervention.  Braveheart also has two trained Facilitators of the Stewards of Children prevention/awareness program.  Contact us to learn more about this training. 

  
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