Despite the fact that CACs serve many more victims of child sexual abuse than they do victims of child physical abuse (CPA), federal data show that physical abuse is far more common, potentially indicating that CACs without a specialized response to physical abuse may be unequipped to serve a large population of child victims of abuse within their jurisdictions.
The objective of this guide is to increase the number of CACs delivering evidence-based intervention designed to meet the specific needs of physical abuse victims. In this guide, CAC directors, staff, boards, and MDT partners will find considerations, tips and resources for CACs and MDTs providing services to child victims of physical abuse to help them meet this objective at their individual CACs.
The content is divided into four sections:
• Developing capacity to serve CPA victims;
• Meeting the mental health needs of the victims;
• Considerations for medical providers, and
• The role of the victim advocate in CPA cases.
While each section covers a distinct discipline necessary to serve CPA victims, all sections are intended to be read by the entire complement of MDT members and CAC leadership. Integral to the success of the CAC and MDT response to physical abuse is the deep, interdisciplinary understanding of the role of each provider among every member of the team.