Child Advocacy Centers
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 review
- 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
How you can help?
- Make a donation
- Volunteer your time
- Invite a CAC speaker to your next civic meeting
- Be knowledgeable about child abuse
Local Contact Information
- Safe Haven CAC: (304) 596-2022
- Safe Haven CAC, 653 Winchester Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25401
What To Do If A Child Tells You She/He Has Been Abused
- Show that you are concerned, but remain calm. If you become emotional, the child may feel responsible for upsetting you and withdraw.
- Never blame the child for the abuse.
- Listen and receive the information in a non-judgmental way.
- Do not avoid talking about embarrassing subjects. Let the child know that everything can be talked about.
- Let the child know you believe and support her/him.
- Do not assume anything. Let the child tell about the abuse without filling in or guessing what s/he means.
- Tell the child you are glad s/he told you and that you will help her/him get help.
- Do not make promises that you cannot keep. For example, do not promise that you will not tell anyone else.