East mississippi child advocacy center
The East Mississippi Child Advocacy Center (EMCAC) works with a team of professionals in the area of child abuse investigations. EMCAC provides services, such as forensic interviews, family and victim advocacy, and counselling for children and non-offending caregivers involving investigations of child abuse. There is no charge for any of the services provided by EMCAC.
Forensic Interview Room (FI)
A forensic interview is conducted by a trained Forensic Interviewer with children and teens when there are allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or if they have witnessed a violent crime. The forensic interview is fact finding in nature and legally sound as it allows for a child to share the details of their experience(s) in a child-friendly, culturally and developmentally sensitive, and unbiased setting. The forensic interviews are observed live by the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) through closed circuit television.
The Observation Room is where a MDT observes the forensic interviews live. Our MDT includes members from law enforcement, Child Protective Services, victim advocates, District Attorney offices, mental health agencies, medical providers, Youth Court personnel, forensic interviewers and others as required. The purpose of the MDT is to allow all agencies to work together and collaborate on each investigation to reduce trauma to children and to ensure appropriate follow-up services are available to children and their family.
CHILD ABUSE STATISTICS
According to the U.S. Administration for Children & Families, an estimated 1,670 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States in 2015. That same year, Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country served more than 311,000 victims of child abuse, providing victim advocacy and support to these children and their families.