A Children’s justice center for abused children
The situation in Aruba demands our urgent support.
In short of a week’s time, three children aged 2, 3 and 6 were taken into the urgent care in the Aruban hospital. All three children had been sexually abused by their fathers or grandfathers; suffering damage so severe that they had to remain in the hospital. This happened recently, but it wasn’t an isolated incident. This happens every week.
When a child is abused the “normal” procedure is that the child is taken first to the police or the hospital, then to see the social services, then to meet a lawyer, then to do a medical examination, all at the different places of these institutuions. The child needs to tell the story over and over again, and is often retraumatised.
A Family Justice Center is a multi-disciplinary where everyone works together in the best interest of the child. The police, social services, doctors and nurses, child psychologists all work together under the same roof in a organised in a child-friendly setting.
Medical, advocacy, social care, police, and therapeutic support will be delivered from one place, providing a coordinated approach to supporting children and young people. We want children, young people and their families to receive the justice, support and therapy they need in a timely manner meaning they can move forward towards recovering from the abuse.
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