What is Safe Haven? Safe Haven is a Child Advocacy Center (CAC). A CAC is a child-focused program that encourages the multi-disciplinary team approach to the investigation and treatment of child abuse, strengthening and coordinating our community's response to child abuse. The multi-disciplinary team includes prosecutors, law enforcement, child protective service workers, mental and medical health and victim advocates.
Our mission: To promote a child-focused approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse by providing a safe, child-friendly facility, a multidisciplinary team response to abuse allegations, and professional support, education and advocacy services.
Services and Service Area:
Safe Haven Child Advocacy Center is a child-friendly facility that provides a warm and safe environment for child victims of abuse. Our services are child-appropriate, culturally competent and legally sound.
Providing services to Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan County, Safe Haven is a non-profit program operating through our Martinsburg site under the umbrella agency of Children's Home Society of West Virginia.
Safe Haven operates through referrals from law enforcement, the prosecuting attorney's office, Child Protective Services and WVU-East Forensic Nurses.
Coordinated investigations and legally sound interviews
Referral services for therapy, medical evaluations, and victim support and advocacy
Case tracking, minimizing the possibility of children "falling through the cracks."
Referral and linkage to other services
Information about child abuse
Community education and awareness
Benefits of Safe Haven
~Trauma experienced by child is reduced
~Offender accountability is increased
~Professionals have access to specialized training and MDT support
~False allegations are dealt with quickly and efficiently
~Professionally trained staff