The Sally P. Archer Child Advocacy Center and Bates Eldredge Clinic is an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance and the only child advocacy center (CAC) serving Monterey County. The Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) is a partner in the oversight of the CAC. The purpose of the CAC is to provide a comprehensive, culturally competent, multidisciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse in a dedicated, child-friendly setting. The CAC serves as an interagency coordinated response center. The CAC functions as a multidisciplinary team (MDT) that includes disciplines from Law Enforcement, Victim Advocacy, Mental Health, Social Services, Medical, Prosecutors, and Forensic Interviewers. The MDT collaborates and coordinates intervention so as to reduce potential trauma to children and families and respecting the rights, mandates, and obligations of each agency. The CAC provides a comfortable, private, child-friendly setting that is both physically and psychologically safe for the clients. The CAC conducts forensic interviews that are conducted in a manner which is of a neutral, fact finding nature, and coordinated to avoid duplicative interviewing. The CAC provides specialized medical evaluations and treatment to victims through the county SART program. The CAC provides mental health specialists from Monterey County Children’s Behavioral Health, who respond to forensic interviews for support and offers services after leaving the CAC. The CAC provides victim advocates from Monterey County Rape Crises Center for both forensic interviews and medical evaluations that provide support and advocacy to the clients. After clients leave the CAC, therapists and advocates from Monterey County Children’s Behavioral Health, Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, and Monterey County District Attorney’s Victim Services collaborate to discuss client mental health needs and determine how services will be provided and continued throughout the court process and after the case is closed.
Monterey County District Attorney Office of Victim Witness Assistance Program
The mission of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program is to provide services to victims/witnesses of all types of crime; reduce the trauma and insensitive treatment that victims/witnesses may experience in the wake of crime; improve the criminal justice system’s understanding of the needs of victims and witnesses and empower victims to participate in the administration of justice; educate law enforcement officials and all other criminal justice personnel, to the needs of victims; assure that victims as witnesses are informed of the progress of the case in which they are involved; empower victims to recover from the effects of crimes through crisis intervention and related support services; provide assistance to victims of crime in applying for state compensation and in seeking restitution. The Child Abuse Prevention Council partners with Victim Witness on providing services and supports as identified and supported through the Child Abuse Prevention Council.