|Gonzales Regional Children's Advocacy Center
|Serving Gonzales & Lavaca Counties
Children come to Norma's House through law enforcement or Child Protective Services.
Our services are free to the abused/neglected child and any non-offending family members.
|Pediatric Forensic Interviews
Specially trained advocates, in cooperation with CPS and local law enforcement agencies,
conduct forensic interviews with child victims of sexual assault and child abuse. This
video-recorded interview serves as the voice of the child to reduce the number of times
he/she must describe the details of their abuse.
Trained advocates provide accompaniment for clients to law enforcement agencies, the
hospital, the district attorney's office and during all court proceedings to provide and to
ensure that the client's legal rights and needs are being met.
Post-Crisis Counseling Services
Counseling for victims of violent crimes is essential to provide much needed understanding
and support and to reduce trauma. Counseling is provided by licensed counselors.
Information and Referrals
Information and referrals are provided including available resources; how to obtain a
protective order; safety planning to assist victims of domestic violence in taking precautions
and staying safe; and Crime Victim Compensation
Coordination of multi-disciplinary team (MDT) investigations
Our MDT is composed of Norma's House staff, medical professionals, hospital
administrators, law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, counselors and child protective
services. An established and effective MDT is essential for the accomplishment of
comprehensive investigation management and prosecution of cases.
Community Education and Training Programs
Education and training is provided to local employers, community groups, organizations, law
enforcement, criminal justice personnel and individuals on topics including the dynamics of
child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and
Norma's House's services.
|Changing Lives ~ Giving Hope
|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 report immediately.
Failure to report is punishable by imprisonment for up to 180 days and/or a
fine up to $2,000.
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