The Rape Crisis Center of Milford, Inc. is one of nine rape crisis centers in the state of Connecticut. The Center has six full-time staff members that consist of an Executive Director, a Director of Victim Services, a Child Advocate, an Adult Advocate, a Community Educator, and a Campus Advocate. Additionally, the Center maintains a base of 56 volunteer, state-certified counselor/advocates who provide sexual assault crisis services through our 24/7 hotline. The Center is governed by a 12 member Board of Directors plus an Advisory Board.
Since 1974, what began by two courageous women as anunfunded, grassroots organization to help sexual assault victims has become a recognized and respected partner in the effort to respond to sexual assault victims. For the past 40 years, this organization has manned a 24/7 hotline and responded to thousands of victims and victim family members. We helped create the very first statewide Police Response handbook and continue to provide state-certification for the Connecticut Police Officers Standards and Training Council. We helped create the first statewide forensic medical collection kit that is still in use in every hospital in Connecticut. In addition, on numerous occasions we have provided testimony that has changed Connecticut laws.
Please note that all adults, children and adolescents are potentially at risk for being sexually abused, assaulted and exploited regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, or socioeconomic status. Sexual violence does not discriminate.
Child maltreatment is a community problem requiring community solutions. Multidisciplinary (MDTs) provide a coordinated multi-agency approach to enhance investigation and management of child sexual abuse and physical abuse cases. Through a collaborative effort teams strive to accomplish the following:
The trusted relationships we have forged with our policedepartments, hospitals, courts, schools and community has prompted our State’s Attorney to mandate that all police departments must contact our Center as soon as they are dealing with a sexual assault victim. Both Milford Hospital and Griffin Hospital also have adopted this same mandate. In addition, all child cases of sexual and physical abuse are being teamed through the Ansonia/Milford Multidisciplinary team. With these safeguards in place, this ensures that each and every sexualassault victim that comes forward will have access to our free and confidential services.
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