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NCJ Number: 228474 Find in a Library
Title: Improving Law Enforcement Response and Mental Health Services for Child Trauma Victims in North Carolina
Journal: The Police Chief  Volume:76  Issue:7  Dated:July 2009  Pages:44,46,48
Author(s): Jim Bjurstrom; Robert Murphy; George Ake; Karen Appleyard
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 4
Document: DOC
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents an overview of the North Carolina Child Response Initiative (NCCRI) serving child trauma victims.
Abstract: The North Carolina Child Response Initiative (NCCRI) was developed jointly by the Center for Child and Family Health (mental health professionals) and the Durham Police Department (DPD) and represents collaboration between law enforcement and mental health professionals on behalf of children and families exposed to violence. Officers and clinicians engage in joint outreach to children, families, and community groups in the aftermath of crime. Funding for the pilot program provides services to families in two of the DPD's five police districts. Of the cases referred to the NCCRI since May 2005, 195 have data ready for analysis. The nature of incidents frequently included simple assault, aggravated assault, and sexual assault. With various services provided to families through the program, the primary services related to safety issues and included education about the effects of trauma on children, officer follow-up/education, and safety planning. The collaborative work performed as part of the NCCRI has resulted in numerous changes in officer knowledge and practice in the community. This partnership between the two agencies has led to a much better response to the Durham community as the two work together to assist and support families after experiencing violence or another trauma. 2 notes
Main Term(s): Police crisis intervention
Index Term(s): Child victims; Family advocacy programs; Family crisis intervention units; Interagency cooperation; North Carolina; Police effectiveness; Policing innovation; Program evaluation
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