The centers were originally established to serve children 17 years of age or younger who are victims of alleged sexual or physical abuse. In recent years, there has been an increased demand for services for other crimes involving children, such as domestic violence, drug endangerment, and internet exploitation.
Each center is designed to make children feel comfortable and safe when they are meeting with investigators and team members about allegations of abuse.
Professionals from several different agencies collaborate on each child’s case. The team approach increases coordination among child protection and criminal justice agencies, allowing them to track a child’s progress through the investigation, judicial process, and treatment.
• State/Legislative Funding
• Federal Funding
• Local Government Support
• Community Donations
• Volunteer Programs
Specially trained professionals talk to children about the allegations of abuse. The goal is to minimize trauma to the child by reducing the number of times a child must talk about his or her experiences.
The Cache County Children’s Justice Center has an on-site medical room staffed by medical professionals from Primary Children’s Hospital’s Safe and Healthy Families Unit. The Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurses have specialized training in diagnosing and treating physical & sexual abuse of children and teens. The service allows medical professionals to safeguard children’s health and collect evidence.
The CJC also provides abused children and their families with referral for support services, such as therapy, crime victim reparations, and victim resources.
Multi-disciplinary teams receive ongoing training to ensure that Utah’s children receive the most professional care possible.