The mission of the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center is to reduce trauma to victims of abuse by providing a safe and supportive environment and facilitating a team approach to advocacy, investigation, and prosecution.
At the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center, victims have the opportunity to obtain a variety of crisis services in one location, with all agencies working together to stop the hurt and start the healing process. Victims are brought to the Center by Law Enforcement or Department of Child Safety. Forensic interviews and medical examinations are conducted to further the investigation and specially trained victim advocates are available to address the victim’s immediate needs and provide emotional support.
In 1999, the Yavapai County Children’s Justice Task Force recommended the establishment of a forensic center which would provide victim-centered services and a shared space for investigators, prosecutors, child protection, sexual assault nurses, and forensic interviewers. Out of that vision, the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center was born.
At the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center, victims have the opportunity to obtain a variety of crisis services in one location, with all agencies working together in the best interest of the victim. In one location the victim can receive a forensic interview, a sexual assault exam and speak with victim advocates who will address their immediate needs and provide emotional support. Trauma is minimized by limiting the number of times a victim must tell their story.
The Yavapai Family Advocacy Center is supported by all local and regional governments, law enforcement agencies, social service providers, medical and mental health professionals and the Yavapai County Attorney.
Director: Missy Sikora
Office Administrator: Jami Tiefenthaler
Victim Advocate: Carmen Stewart
Youth Victim Advocate: Chita Olson
Forensic Interviewer: Jennifer Ducat
Therapist: Christine Jensen
A Forensic Interview is conducted by an individual (usually Law Enforcement or a Department of Child Safety Investigator) who is specially trained in the emotional, developmental, and psychological issues of children and adult victims of crime. The interviews are neutral, fact-finding assessments of the reported abuse to determine the safety and wellbeing of the victim. Interviews are videotaped in an effort to reduce retraumatization of the victim created by retelling their story. This same interview can then be used by all members of the multi-disciplinary team throughout the investigation.
Sexual Assault Exams
A Sexual Assault Exam is a forensic examination conducted by a specially trained S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) for the purpose of both collecting evidence and checking for injuries following a sexual assault.
The Yavapai Family Advocacy Center offers crisis debriefing with a licensed counselor for those who have been affected by physical, emotional or sexual violence. This service is available for both victims and their families and can help those who have experienced a traumatic event begin the process of healing.
The Yavapai Family Advocacy Center has three on site advocates who can assist victims and their families. Advocacy services can include support, safety plans, referrals to needed services, and support and assistance through the court process.
We would like to thank our partners for their generous support and team work with YFAC.
- Law Enforcement
- Camp Verde Marshal’s Office
- Chino Valley Police Department
- Clarkdale Police Department
- Cottonwood Police Department
- Jerome Police Department
- Prescott Police Department
- Prescott Valley Police Department
- Sedona Police Department
- Yavapai College Police Department
- Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
- Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe
- Yavapai-Apache Nation
- Department of Child Safety
- Adult Protective Services
- Yavapai County Attorney’s Office
- Yavapai County Health Department
- Yavapai Regional Medical Center
- Stepping Stones Agency
- Verde Valley Sanctuary
- West Yavapai Guidance Clinic
START BY BELIEVING
When someone comes to you what will your reaction be?
All too often, survivors who have the courage to tell someone what happened are blamed for bringing it on themselves. This needs to change.
Start by Believing is a public awareness campaign designed by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) to change the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in our communities.