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The mission of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues. DCAC coordinates the investigation and prosecution of the most severe cases of child abuse in our community.
Last year, DCAC served almost 2,800 children (and their non-offending family members) who were sexually abused, severely physically abused, or who had witnessed a violent crime
DCAC provides a warm, child-friendly environment to help children who are referred by law enforcement or CPS. Our average client is a 9-10 year-old girl, sexually abused by someone she knows and trusts. A DCAC forensic interviewer listens to the child’s story and asks non-leading, developmentally-appropriate questions as the child talks about the trauma he/she has experienced. Law enforcement and CPS professionals observe the interview from a separate room. This reduces trauma for the child and provides for a much stronger case if the case goes to court.