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 and one part time that consist of an Executive Director, a Director of Victim Services, a Child Advocate, an Adult Advocate, Bi-Lingual Adult Advocate , a Community Educator, and a Campus Advocate. Additionally, the Center maintains a base of 45 volunteer, state-certified counselor/advocates who provide sexual assault crisis services through our 24/7 hotline. The Center is governed by a 14 member Board of Directors plus an Advisory Board.
Victim Services: In FYE 16 our Connecticut State Certified Sexual Assault Counselor / Advocates have provided sexual assault crisis services to 628 victims. Of the 628, 28% were victims under 18 years old, 526 were females and 102 were males. Our victim services include confidential, short-term counseling to the victim and family members from disclosure to disposition.
Professional Training: The Center provides a training curriculum developed by the Governor’s Task Force on Justice for Abused Children that addresses the issue of proper handling of a disclosure of sexual abuse from a child. The training provides the following:
Definition of “Discoverer”
What happens in Connecticut when a child sexual abuse report is made
Child sexual abuse information
DCF definitions and reporting requirements
Obtaining information about the suspected abuse without interviewing the alleged victim
Responding to and supporting the child.
Therapy Dog: The Center has Lily, a Golden Retriever who is certified as a Therapy Dog to assist the advocates with empowering victims of sexual assaults. Lily is the first Therapy Dog out of the nine member centers providing sexual assault advocacy in Connecticut.
Programs to Underserved Population: The Center provides victim services to clients of Beth El Center, Spooner House Homeless Shelter, and soup kitchen clients. The Center collaborates with each agency to ensure all needs of victims are addressed.
Support Groups: Provided 3 highly successful 8 to16 week support groups at University of New Haven, Platt Technical High School and Emmett O’Brien High School based on the Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model. Success based on need and pre vs. post surveys.
University of New Haven: Outreach and presentations reached 1946 students, faculty and staff. The main program focus included campus safety and awareness and 'how to respond to a disclosure'. The Center provides 24/7 advocacy to all students and employees of the University.
The South Central Child Advocacy Center: In April 2013 the South Central Child Advocacy Center was fully accredited as a child advocacy center through the National Children's Alliance in partnership with the Ansonia/Milford Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) which is coordinated by the Rape Crisis Center of Milford, the New Haven MDT and the Family Advocacy Center of Yale Child Sexual Abuse clinic with the purpose of providing a comprehensive culturally competent MDT response to allegations of child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse, reduce the occurrence of secondary trauma, and to coordinate services among multiple disciplines.
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 plus 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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