General Information

What Is An Advocacy Center?

An advocacy center is a comprehensive, victim focused program based in a facility that allows law enforcement, child protection professionals, prosecutors, victim advocates, forensic interviewers, medical professionals, and mental health providers to work together when intervening and investigating violent crimes against children and adults. Advocacy centers are designed by communities to meet their own needs, so there are many types of facilities in which centers exist.

The overall goal of all advocacy centers is to ensure that the victims who are entrusted to the centers are not further victimized by the systems that are designed to protect them.

Advocacy centers were created more than a decade ago, based on the premise, “together we are smarter” when responding to victims of violent crimes. Since that time, there are more than 800 centers nationwide supported by the National Children’s Alliance.

The Purpose of Advocacy Centers