Safe Harbor provides crisis intervention and advocacy services for victims and secondary victims by providing support during and after case management, during forensic interviews and forensic medical examinations, and by connecting victims with needed assistance, resources and next steps.
Once the Child Advocacy Center receives a referral on a child abuse case, the child is assigned a Victim Advocate. Often times, the discovery of child abuse throws a family into crisis. The Victim Advocate’s role is to help the non-offending parent or caregiver manage that crisis.
Victim Advocates provide support, assistance and advocacy through every step of the child’s case, from the moment he or she enters our center until the family no longer needs our help.
As members of the Multidisciplinary Team, Victim Advocates help facilitate information sharing between law enforcement, DFCS, and other agencies involved in the investigation. Victim Advocates also play an important role in connecting children and their non-offending parents or caregivers with access to the services they need to get through their crisis including medical, mental health, housing, protective orders and other assistance, including:
24/7 Crisis Intervention and Emotional Support – 1-800-205-7037
Our team of advocates provide direct and indirect support by phone or in person to victims and their non-offending caregivers/family members during a time of crisis. The 24-hour crisis line (800-205-7037) is also accessible to law enforcement and other professionals in need of services and information.
Our team of advocates provide medical accompaniment before, during, and after a forensic medical exam.
Our team of victim advocates provide emotional support to the victim before, during, and after a forensic medical exam and/or forensic interview.
Our team of family advocates provide emotional support to non-offending caregivers and their family members before, during, and after a forensic medical exam and/or forensic interview. They also provide community resources for the child and family.
Our team of advocates are able to answer the questions regarding the process of the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators, provide safety planning and court accompaniment during the criminal justice process.
Georgia Crime Victim Compensation application
Our team of advocates are able to assist victims and their non-offending caregivers with the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation application.
Our team of advocates are able to provide referrals to independent, professionally licensed counselors in the community.
Our team of advocates are able to provide referrals to community-based organizations that assist with specific needs (i.e., shelters, rent assistance, food assistance, etc.).
Follow-up Case Management
Our team of advocates follow up with the victim and/or caregiver after they have been seen at the center for a forensic medical exam and/or interview.