Mission of Davis House
The mission of Davis House Child Advocacy Center is to combat child abuse by coordinating services to children and their families in crisis and providing community education focused on prevention and early intervention. We accomplish this by providing investigative and healing services in response to allegations of sexual and severe physical abuse in our four-county service area of Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry counties, as well as training adults in the community on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child abuse. All of our services are provided free of charge.
We fulfill our mission by:
- Responding to allegations of Sexual and Severe Physical Abuse (Investigative Services): As a member of the Child Protective Investigative Team (CPIT), we collaborate with other professionals in the field of child abuse to provide investigative services, focusing on determining if evidence exists to support the allegation. Based on the results of the investigation appropriate services for children and families are determined and decisions are made, if warranted, as to holding perpetrators accountable for their actions.
- Responding to allegations of Sexual and Severe Physical Abuse (Healing Services): Our Child and Family Advocate and Counseling programs are designed to provide healing services as appropriate regardless of the outcome of the investigation. Whether or not allegations are substantiated, children and families need guidance and healing. We strive to assist our clients with support services as dictated by their individual circumstances, with an emphasis on returning the child and family to a sense of normalcy.
- Providing Community-Based Prevention and Awareness: We educate and train adults in the community to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child abuse in an effort to eliminate abuse from occurring and to intervene appropriately to incidents of abuse.
Need for Services
According to the most recent census figures, there are almost 70,000 children under the age of 18 in our four-county service area. National statistics tell us that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn age 18. Statistics also tell us that only 12% of cases of abuse are actually reported to authorities. That means almost 90% of all cases go unreported.
These children are from our community; go to our schools, frequent our centers of worship, live in our neighborhoods and often in our own homes. They come from affluent families we well as from families struggling with poverty, from educated and uneducated parents, and live in economically successful areas and in areas where income is at or below poverty levels and unemployment is high. Child abuse can happen anywhere.
Our Service Area
Davis House encompasses a four-county service area which comprises the 21st Judicial District. We provide services to Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry Counties. Our administrative office is located in our Franklin center.
Forensic Interviews | Child & Family Advocacy | Counseling | CPIT | Prevention & Awareness