New One-Stop Concept Helps Child Abuse Victims

April 4, 2005
The Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Columbus Childrens Hospital provides children who are sexual abuse victims with a special program to prepare them to testify in court. The court prep program called All About Court is part of a unique comprehensive center caring for abuse victims from medical exam, to police investigation, prosecution and child and family counseling.  All About Court provides these young victims with a specially designed coloring book and a chance to explore a court room.  

One victims mother said the program helped her daughter face her abuser in court and finally sleep through the night. 

With more than 1,300 sexual abuse cases in Franklin County, Ohio, in 2004, the program was developed in conjunction with the Franklin County Prosecutor as a way for court-appointed child advocates to prepare children for what to expect during a criminal trial. 

The Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Columbus Childrens Hospital brings together a broad base of intervention and prevention programs and services directed toward treating abused children and innocent family members who are victims of family violence.  The Center is a national model, being the first advocacy center to fully integrate child abuse and domestic violence services.

This unique facility houses a one-stop approach to child abuse intervention that brings the investigation, medical assessment and treatment of child abuse under one roof to protect children and to prevent further abuse.  This one facility houses staff from the Franklin County Prosecutor, Franklin County Children Services, Franklin County Sheriff, Columbus Division of Police and Columbus Childrens Hospital. 

Services at the Center are provided by a multi-disciplinary team and include a single recorded interview of victims, medical treatment and counseling services, victim advocacy and court preparation, along with shared case management and follow-up. 

      

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Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.