The Yavapai Family Advocacy Center is a child and family focused facility where professionals in law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy, work together during the investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases, sexual assault, domestic violence and elder abuse cases.
The Yavapai Family Advocacy Center is dedicated to reducing the stress and trauma of victims by:
› Ensuring victims are treated with respect and dignity throughout the investigative process.
› Performing forensic interviews and medical exams in a supportive and safe environment.
› Assisting victims and their families by providing advocacy services, including support groups, court accompaniment, transportation assistance, support groups and education.
› Assisting victims and their families by providing therapy services.
› Assisting adults leaving abusive relationships by providing legal support and services.
ALL SERVICES PROVIDED AT YFAC ARE FREE OF CHARGE TO THE VICTIM –YOU WILL NEVER RECEIVE A BILL AND WE WILL NEVER ASK FOR YOUR INSURANCE INFORMATION.
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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.
Missy Sikora, Director
Ana Sanchez, Dedicated Forensic Interviewer
Carmen Stewart, Advocate Supervisor
Jaclyn Bariffi, Victim Advocate
Maria Napolitano, Victim Advocate
Nisha Bellem, Victim Advocate
Renee Schoenemann, Victim Advocate
Taylor Bracewell, Victim Advocate
Robin Jacobson, Volunteer Coordinator/Receptionist