Essex CAC strives to reduce the impact of trauma on victims and families, while increasing access to child and family advocates, medical evaluation and treatment, mental health referral and the criminal justice system.
Child abuse is harm to or neglect of a child by and adult or another child. The effects of a child abuse go beyond the abused child and extend into our communities. When parents, step-parents, grandparents, caregivers, and other children physically, sexually, verbally, or emotionally assault a child, the injury often has long term consequences on the child's physical and psych-social growth and development. Certain forms of abuse are serious enough to be a crime.
The Essex CAC multidisciplinary partnership of professionals includes social workers, police officers, assistant district attorneys, victim witness advocates, medical professionals and a child interview specialist. Services provided by the Essex CAC include:
Forensic Interviewing Services
Forensic Medical Evaluations
One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.
Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, "I'm saving these starfish, Sir".
The old man chuckled aloud, "Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?"
The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said, "It made a difference to that one!"