Centra Forensic Nursing Partners with Bedford Child Advocacy Center

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Centra Forensic Nursing Partners with Bedford Child Advocacy Center

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

PRESS RELEASE

The Bedford CAC (Child Advocacy Center) is an interview facility for law enforcement or child protective services to use when they believe a child has experienced abuse or may have witnessed a traumatic event. The CAC is a safe, neutral environment—where the child tells about their experience to a trained interviewer who understands child development and to ask questions in a way that does not re-traumatize the child. The Bedford Child Advocacy Center partners with Centra’s Forensic Nursing Examiners (FNE) program to help interview and examine children who are victims of sexual or physical abuse.

After interviews and exams are over, children are invited to leave their painted handprints on the wall. These handprints represent the precious lives of those who have been forever changed by sexual abuse. Organizations like the CAC and FNE’s help to make these situations less traumatic by providing a resource for children that prevents them from having to come through the Emergency Department for formal forensic evaluations. Since it’s opening in 2019, the CAC has supported 188 children and their families through some form of abuse.

Centra invites you to celebrate Forensic Nurses Week (November 9th-13th) with us. Marking 11 years and counting, Forensic Nurses Week is designated to recognize the dedicated nurses who provide exceptional care to patients impacted by violence, abuse and trauma.
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