The police chiefs and agency heads from Denton County’s 34 law enforcement jurisdictions stood together with the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County (CACDC) and recommitted to collaborating to provide justice and healing for child victims of sexual abuse on Interagency Agreement Signing Day on May 12.
Leaders from the Flower Mound Police Department and other Denton County law enforcement agencies, Denton County District Attorney Paul Johnson, supervisory staff from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and the coordinator of the Denton County Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners were present at the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County for the presentation.
Dan Leal, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County said multidisciplinary partnerships are essential to the agency’s mission.
“Our multidisciplinary team is the heartbeat of our agency,” he said. “Denton County’s precious children are counting on us to communicate and collaborate. Our team approach increases the likelihood that justice will be served in child sexual abuse cases, and helps advance healing for victims and their families.”
As the population of Denton County grows the community is facing an alarming and important reality. The number of children and families impacted by severe child abuse is also rising. The Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County serves as the primary resource for child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members.
The center serves as a central location where Denton’s most vulnerable child abuse victims can receive free forensic interviews, counseling, medical examinations, court preparation and other services. The center also features dedicated office and meeting space for Child Protective Services, law enforcement agencies and the district attorney; the goal being to promote the kind of interagency team collaboration that facilitates the successful prosecution of child sexual abuse cases.
To learn more about the CACDC visit www.cacdc.org.