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Centre to help victims of abuse and neglect.

December 10, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

(Hopefully) some good news for a change:

Child, Youth and Family, Counties Manukau District Health Board and the police are joining forces to create the country’s first multi-agency centre for victims of abuse and neglect.The centre, due to open in Manukau in April, will cater for both children and adults who have been sexually or physically abused, or neglected.

Counties Manukau crime manager Detective Inspector John Tims said the agencies would ensure victims received appropriate health, forensic and psychological support.”The staff at the centre will be highly trained and professional. Our priority is to the victims and providing them with the highest level of service,” he said.

Lets hope this will actually help to reduce child abuse in the Counties Manukau area, and not become just another ineffective government agency weighed down by bureaucracy, red tape and political correctness.

Categories: Child Abuse
  1. December 10, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I think that many states have these types of centers here in the US… they do help a great deal. Children aren’t bounced around from one place to another, being interviewed over and over by different people. The centers are run in conjunction with the police departments, medical professionals, and psychologists. Children’s statements are taken there, and any necessary testing (physical evidence collection, psychological evaluation, etc.) are all done in one place. It’s far less traumatic for children who have already suffered enough trauma. It doesn’t necessarily prevent abuse… unless you consider that it makes convictions easier, and therefore abusers are not in contact with more potential victims. At least for a while.

    I hope that the center opening there will be at least as effective.

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