The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend is dedicated to providing the best services available to the children and their family. We oversee each case to make certain the victim understands the procedures of their case. Victim Assistance can cover several areas; the CACCB can provide victims and their family with any of the following services:
- Crime Victim’s Compensation – The State of Texas has established laws which provide victims of certain crimes with assistance to help manage after a crime has been committed. Victim’s of crime may be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Texas Attorney General’s Office for couseling, medical treatment, and many other financial burdens created as a result of the crime. The staff at the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend will assist victims in filing these applications; which then expedites their eligibility and access to these services.
- Counseling Referrals – CACCB makes referrals to numerous counselors and therapists specializing in play therapy, child abuse, and domestic violence issues in the Coastal Bend area.
- Medical Referrals – CACCB staff works closely with Driscoll Children’s Hospital; referrals are made and appointments are scheduled for child victims to visit the Child Abuse Resource & Evaluation (CARE) team at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
- Crisis Intervention – Due to the nature of abuse, CACCB staff has many years of experience in dealing with crisis situations and we are able to give perspective during these critical times. When necessary, CACCB staff is able to have counselors come tot he center and meet with families immediately.
- Justice Support – CACCB staff provides information regarding the criminal justice process and what to expect during the investigation and court proceedings. Staff can answer questions and check case status for victims and families.
- Personal Advocacy– This involves answering questions for families, listening to concerns, keeping them updated on their case as it moves through the system, making phone calls for families to get specific questions answered, and follow up with families when they miss appointments.