The Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) and the Solicitor’s Office of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court will be having a joint press conference on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 10am in the courtyard of Lexington County Courthouse to present facts about Domestic Violence and plans to increase outreach in the rural areas of Lexington County. Outreach is greatly needed for children’s services who have experienced or have witnessed a traumatic event such as Domestic Violence. October is Domestic Violence month, bringing awareness to the incidence of over 1,000 domestic violence responses by Lexington County Sheriff and other local police departments in the Lexington County area during the past year.
Children are often in the shadows of Domestic Violence and are indeed victims who frequently go without any services to help be safe and help them heal. The Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center provides forensic interviews, medical evaluations and Evidence Based Trauma (EBT) Treatment to help the child begin the process of healing and potentially reduce trauma response symptoms.
With the enactment of the Witness to Domestic Violence law in 2014, children’s advocacy centers are now able to examine and evaluate children from these highly charged environments. As you heard from our speaker, Nicole, every day must be domestic violence awareness day – I would add, that every child in every home, no matter where they live, should be able to easily access services for help when domestic violence is part of their everyday lives.
Due to the distances from the rural areas of Pelion, Gilbert, Batesburg-Leesville, Swansea and Gaston to Lexington, SC, the DCAC has received funding from the Victim of Crime Act to support services in this area. DCAC is also being gifted with a critical component for providing the services where these communities are through a van. “Helping out in our community is incredibly important to us and our family, especially for children who are victims of domestic violence,” states Jim Hudson, president and owner of Jim Hudson Automotive Group. “This organization is doing wonders in South Carolina and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
“Children’s Advocacy models were designed to limit the amount of time a child and their family had to travel and tell their story. Without these two key pieces – VOCA funding and a generous community contribution, faith and trust from Jim and Keith Hudson, DCAC would be hard pressed to respond to this vulnerable population”, says Carol Yarborough, Executive Director of DCAC. “There are also immediate plans to expand into Saluda County, with coordination and assistance from 11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard, and Saluda officials.
DCAC will be taking the forensic recording equipment, necessary to hear the child’s story which also aids in prosecution for the child in his or her community, without the child going to many places for all their investigation and treatment needs. Advocate and treatment staff will assist in the services and be able to be transported together with the supplies needed for services. Community funding is also needed for the expansion of outreach services. To make a donation, please visit www.dickersoncac.org and go to the donation page.
Opening for services in 1995, the Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center’s (DCAC) mission is to provide comprehensive forensic and medical assessments, as well as mental health treatment to physically and sexually abused children, ages 0-18 throughout the Midlands of South Carolina.
The DCAC is a nonprofit organization that coordinates child protection personnel, law enforcement and prosecution professionals, medical experts, family advocates and mental health clinicians under one roof. The DCAC serves over 500 children and adults annually and we are experiencing a growing demand for our services particularly in rural areas.
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