The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center is the Grand Traverse regional response center for cases of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and witness to violence. The TBCAC has formal partnership agreements to coordinate multi-disciplinary teams in six counties – Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Leelanau and Wexford – in addition to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. The TBCAC also provides courtesy interviews to jurisdictions throughout the state.
The purpose of a regional response is to coordinate across the whole community – organizations, partners, and stakeholders – to protect children from abuse and to respond to and recover from such incidents with the goal of ensuring victim well-being, safety and community resilience. Cross-sector collaboration is not an easy task and it depends first on understanding an organization’s partners, then making commitments, communicating, and coordinating.
Communities that use CACs have a 94% conviction rate for cases that proceed to court and child victims of sexual abuse are four times more likely to receive medical exams and increased referrals for mental health treatment than children served by non-CAC communities.
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