Cochise Family Advocacy Center, Inc. was the vision of Lori and Mike Rutherford, who recognized and responded to the need to help victims of sexual abuse, assault and neglect in Cochise County. Lori and Mike brought together representatives from child protection, law enforcement, prosecution, family violence prevention, school administrators, medical personnel, and Cochise County, and shared their vision of a safe place where victims could receive the services and support they need without the exhaustion and trauma associated with traveling to other areas of the state.
Services will include a coordinated interview of child abuse victims in a safe, child-friendly surrounding. This process will avoid the need for multiple interviews, will reduce the trauma of disclosure, and will preserve evidence and statements to enhance offender prosecution and conviction. Medical-Forensic examinations will be performed in a non-threatening environment by professionally trained examiners.
Cochise Family Advocacy Center, Inc. will provide crisis intervention and support for victims and non-offending family members, information regarding next steps, referrals to and information about different agencies involved and how they may affect the family, access to higher levels of care, and regular multidisciplinary review of cases to assure that services provided align with best practices.
This beginning will achieve our mission to compassionately support and promote the well-being of children and adults through comprehensive services in a neutral, friendly environment.