Investigations of abuse can be painful and disturbing to women and children. Since the opening of the Fresno SART center in August 2003, Forensic Nurse Specialists of Central CA and local law enforcement agencies have been providing sexual assault evidence collection and domestic violence treatment. Although physical evidence is collected from victims they are released without a proper forensic interview, intervention, counseling or follow up. All representatives also recognize that many women and children remain at risk for revictimization by excessive interviews, lack of communication and coordination between agencies, and lack of specialized interviewing techniques.
In response to this, the Center is a comfortable place where women and children can feel safe and free from distractions and/or public scrutiny. The Center provides critical services to women and children who are victims/survivors of sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, and victims who witness abuse. The Center will feature a comprehensive team response to allegations of abuse including forensic interviews and medical examinations with photography, victim advocacy, case management and review, therapeutic intervention, and other follow-up services that may be needed. A multidisciplinary team approach will be utilized in the investigation, assessment, case management and medical and therapeutic treatment involving these victims and their families.