Project's focus is helping children
Countywide abuse centers planned
By John Laider, Globe Correspondent | July 2, 2006
Abused children in Essex County may soon be able to more easily tell their stories to investigators and get
the help they need under an initiative designed to reduce the trauma on young victims. A coalition of law enforcement
officials, health professionals, and others wants to establish two children's advocacy
centers in the region, in the areas of Salem and Haverhill.
Proponents say the centers would allow children who have been victimized by sexual or physical abuse to be interviewed and
receive medical and mental health treatment or referrals, all under one roof.
The plan was positively received at a public meeting in Haverhill, and a committee has been formed to scout out possible
sites for a center. A similar meeting is planned for Salem in September as organizers seek to build public support.
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