Gonzales Regional Children's Advocacy Center
Serving Gonzales & Lavaca Counties
Changing Lives ~ Giving Hope
Our Mission

It is our mission to restore the
children of Gonzales, Lavaca
and surrounding counties by uniting
public officials and our community.
To Report Suspected Abuse, call 1-800-252-5400 OR 911
Texas Family Code (261.101) states that a person having cause to believe that a child's
physical or mental health or welfare has been or may be adversely affected by the abuse or
neglect must Failure to report is punishable by imprisonment for up to 180 days and/or a
fine up to $2,000.
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Gonzales Regional Children's Advocacy Center is approved by the Internal Revenue
Service as a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization, and all donations are tax deductible to
the extent provided by law.
GRCAC's Federal Identification Number (EIN) is 74-2920527.
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Gonzales Regional Childrens Advocacy Center Inc
Gonzales Regional CAC
1604 St. Paul St
Gonzales, Tx 78629

Phone:  830-672-1278
Fax:  830-672-5749

Executive Director:  
Ann Alexander
We could expect to see 205 new sexual abuse cases
from the 2 counties if our program runs as it should.
Who will speak for the remaining 1,857?
Our fiscal year 2016 ended August 31, 2016.  Norma’s House has served 225
children this year.  See the chart below to see how our numbers are increasing.

* In FY13, we were servicing 5 additional counties until they opened their own CAC.

Educating kids on how to be safe is a very important part of Norma’s House.
We offer education for grades Pre-K through 12th grade about personal safety
and internet safety. Our “Dave the Minion” program has been in the Nixon,
Yoakum, Halletsville and Gonzales elementary schools! The kids talk Dave
through a whole day of how to be safe, who to tell if you feel unsafe and to say
NO to unwanted touches. We are having more kids coming forward and telling
about their abuse through the education programs.
The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
Total Victims
1 in 10 will tell
2014 Estimated Population of Gonzales and
Lavaca Counties
Number of persons under 18 yrs
Number of females under 18 yrs
Number of males under 18 yrs
One in 4 girls may be sexually abused*
One in 6 boys may be sexually abused*
*According to National statistics
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How many children witness the abuse of their mothers?
Studies show that 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are at risk of exposure to
domestic violence each year. U.S. government statistics say that 95% of domestic violence
cases involve women victims of male partners. The children of these women often witness the
domestic violence.

Witnessing can mean
SEEING actual incidents of physical/and or sexual abuse. It can mean
HEARING threats or fighting noises from another room. Children may also
aftermath of physical abuse such as blood, bruises, tears, torn clothing, and broken items.
Finally children may be
AWARE of the tension in the home such as their mother’s fearfulness
when the abuser’s car pulls into the driveway.

What are the feelings of children who are exposed to battering?
Children who are exposed to battering become fearful and anxious. They are always on
guard, watching and waiting for the next event to occur. They never know what will trigger the
abuse, and therefore, they never feel safe. They are always worried for themselves, their
mother, and their siblings. They may feel worthless and powerless.

Children who grow up with abuse are expected to keep the family secret, sometimes not even
talking to each other about the abuse. Children from abusive homes can look fine to the
outside world, but inside they are in terrible pain. Their families are chaotic and crazy. They
may blame themselves for the abuse thinking if they had not done or said a particular thing,
the abuse would not have occurred. They may also become angry at their siblings or their
mother for triggering the abuse. They may feel rage, embarrassment, and humiliation.

Children of abuse feel isolated and vulnerable. They are starved for attention, affection and
approval. Because mom is struggling to survive, she is often not present for her children.
Because dad is so consumed with controlling everyone, he also is not present for his children.
These children become physically, emotionally and psychologically abandoned.

Children Served
Forensic Interviews
SANE exams
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