|Gonzales Regional Children's Advocacy Center
|Serving Gonzales & Lavaca Counties
|Changing Lives ~ Giving Hope
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.
|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.
|Help us restore dignity, hope
and security to a child.
|Gonzales Regional CAC
1604 St. Paul St
Gonzales, Tx 78629
|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
We have started off 2016 with a BANG! Since September (the beginning of our
fiscal year), Norma’s House has served 110 children, which is a 51% increase
compared to 73 children at this time last year. We have conducted 77
interviews, an 83% increase compared to 42 interviews last year. We also
send children that have made an outcry of sexual abuse to have a Sexual
Assault Nurse Exam (SANE) at the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in
Seguin. These exams are performed by a special nurse who has been
specifically trained to provide comprehensive care to sexual assault survivors,
show compassion and sensitivity to survivors of sexual assault and provide
effective courtroom testimony. We have accompanied 23 children and their
caregivers to SANEs this year, up 35% compared to 17 last year.
Educating kids 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 new program “Dave the Minion” has been in the Nixon 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. This
program is scheduled for Yoakum Elementary in April and Hallettsville
Elementary in May. We are having more kids coming forward and telling about
their abuse through the education programs.
|The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
|2014 Estimated Population of Gonzales and |
|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
|A 501 (C) (3) Tax exempt
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
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 OBSERVE the
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.