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Williamson County Child Advocacy Center/Davis House
The Williamson County Child Advocacy Center (now DBA Davis House Child Advocacy Center) opened in September, 2000 to provide a safe, child-friendly place for victims of child sexual abuse and/or severe physical abuse to tell their story and receive the services they need to help them heal. Its mission is to combat child abuse by coordinating services to children and their families in crisis and providing community education focused on prevention and early intervention. The grant funds requested in this application will be used to provide mental health counseling for child victims of sexual and/or severe physical abuse and support groups for their non-offending parents/caregivers- funding staff therapists in the Franklin and Hohenwald offices. 33 out of 37 (90%) of child victims who complete all treatment goals during calendar year 2013 will show a reduction of child abuse symptoms such as sleeplessness, nervousness, fear or anxiety based on standardized age appropriate pre- and post- assessment so that they may be able to reduce trauma related risky behaviors. If treatment goals are not yet complete, this measure will be evaluated via parent reports. 40 out of 50 (80%) of child victims (whether or not they complete all treatment goals) will have increased feelings of safety and/or reduced anxiety based on pre- and post- assessments during calendar year 2013 and will know who their trusted adults are.