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Grant for $12,159 to be used to equip a child forensic interview room in the new child advocacy center
RACINE - The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Office of Crime Victim Services has awarded the Racine County District Attorney's Office a grant in the amount of $12,159 to be used to equip a child forensic interview room in the new Racine County Child Advocacy Center. This award is made possible through a special grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and distributed by the Children's Justice Act (CJA) program.
The Wisconsin Children's Justice Act grant program is committed to improving the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect. The program encourages county childcare professionals to work together to streamline the investigative process so that children who are victims of a crime are not further traumatized. Often, this is done by bringing together a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement and social service agencies who work together from the start of an investigation. This special BJA grant was awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Justice for the sole purpose of assisting counties in equipping child forensic interview rooms.
CJA grant funds can also be used to train law enforcement officers and social workers on how to conduct forensic interviews of children. Forensic interviews provide a number of advantages. They allow for the child to be interviewed once rather than repeatedly by numerous agencies. The interviews are taped and can be used in preliminary court proceedings, rather than having to have the child testify in a courtroom on multiple occasions.
"By bringing agencies together, child forensic interview rooms help minimize trauma to victims and supply services to children in need," said Attorney General JB Van Hollen. "They also assist law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against children."
The Multidisciplinary Team of Racine was formed a year ago with the goal of opening a new child advocacy center in Racine County. The team includes representation from the following Racine County agencies: District Attorney's Office, Department of Human Services, Racine Police Department, City of Burlington Police Department, Sheriff's Department, Children's Service Society, Lutheran Social Services and Wheaton Franciscan Health Care All Saints.