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The importance of legislative support

In order to have a strong systematic response to child abuse, it is imperative to collaborate not only with our team members that are side by side with us after a report has been made, but also with those state-level leaders that make decisions about legislation that directly impact children and families. CACM strives to increase the awareness of state legislators and other relevant policy makers regarding the CAC model. Our legislators are often the key to making high-level systemic changes in order to strengthen the system's response to felony child abuse.

It is important to CACM to educate our legislators on the impact of state statutes on child sexual abuse investigations. Without support from our Senate and House members, key legislation would not have been passed, such as the authorization of Multidisciplinary Teams in the state (Miss. Code Ann. ยง 43-15-5) and language supporting appropriate accommodations for children testifying in court (Miss.Code 99-43-101).

Quick stats

2015 - 2016

Number of Professionals Trained: 812 during 44 trainings

Professionals trained included:

Child Advocacy Center Staff

Law Enforcement

Social Workers or DHS Staff


DA Victim Advocates



Other related professionals (CASA, Mental Health, Dept. of Health Staff, etc.)

Primary Services Provided by Mississippi CACs:

Medical Exam Referrals - 400

Onsite Counseling/Therapy - 540

Referral for Counseling - 1,246

Victim Advocacy - 561

Receiving Court Preparation Services - 70

Total Number of Children Seen at a CAC - 2,554

Total Number of Non-Offending Caregivers Seen at a CAC - 2,490

Total Number of Children Seen at a CAC for a Forensic Interview - 2,148

Total Number of Children from Another State Seen for a CAC Forensic Interview - 14

Total Number of Vulnerable Adults Seen for a Forensic Interview - 7

Total Number of CSEC Cases Seen for a Forensic Interview - 9

Total Number of Intimate Partner Dating Violence Reported - 14

Primary Services Provided by Mississippi CACs: