A new advocacy center opened its doors on Friday afternoon for the youngest victims of violent crime in Washoe County.
The new Washoe County Child Advocacy Center located along Longley Lane in Reno, is an 8,300-square-foot complex that expands services for child victims. The site will house programs like the Children's Cabinet and Kids' Kottage and also improve and expand services to benefit families.
Officials say the mission is to ensure the health and safety of victims in a child-centered environment. According to District Attorney Dick Gammick, they want to minimize trauma as much as possible. "We had a real problem, like every other district has had, and that is re-victimizing victims. Because the system is not easy on people. And I think we're going to take a big chunk out of that out. I think that's the best thing we're going to do here."
Gammick says one change to help is rather than having a child tell their traumatic story to numerous officials, they would record a single interview from a comfortable setting that can be reviewed by different people. And if the child needs a sexual or physical assault exam, that can be done on-site as well.
The Washoe County Child Advocacy Center is one of more than 800 across the country.