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New Chandler center will aid crime victims

August 6th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
New Chandler center will aid crime victims
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By Colleen Sparks, Managing Editor

 

Victims of abuse have a new place to get support and comfort closer to home as part of the Chandler Police Department.

The Chandler Family Advocacy Center recently opened at 221 E. East Boston St. as part of the Chandler Police Department’s Main Station.

It provides a central spot for the department’s Special Victims Unit to work directly with other agencies on investigations involving domestic violence-related offenses, as well as child and elderly abuse and other physical and sexual assaults.

It also provides a comfortable, secure space for victims to get help as they start to heal from traumatic events.

The center has on-scene, crisis intervention from trained personnel and medical examinations are offered to help victims of sexual and physical abuse.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to provide this service to our citizens,” Chandler Police Lt. David Ramer said. “Other police departments like Gilbert could use it. Mesa has a facility, which we’ve used theirs for years.

“It’s an opportunity to provide better and quicker services for those that have been victims of crimes. This is something that is right here in Chandler. It reduces the trauma these folks go through.”

Victims Services Unit employees can help victims secure orders of protection, get temporary cell phones, find temporary shelter and fill other immediate needs to help them “deal with the emotions and trauma associated with being a victim of crime,” Ramer said.

Two waiting rooms offer a gaming system and things to keep children entertained. Several consultation rooms allow victims places to meet privately with Victims Services workers, detectives or county officials, Ramer said.

Medical examinations can be conducted and victims will have access to a shower and hygiene products.

“It’s not designed for overnight stays, but certainly we can accommodate folks for hours as need be,” Ramer added. “It’s very inviting and comfortable and it’s designed that way on purpose.”

Previously, Chandler victims could go to Gilbert or Phoenix police departments’ similar facilities, but the shorter travel time will reduce their stress, he said.

From July 1, 2017, to late July of this year, 80 medical exams for assaults were conducted for Chandler police cases, he said. During that same time period, 220 forensic interviews were done for Chandler suspected abuse of kids under 18.

Information: chandlerpd.com.

Kimberly Carrillo/Staff Photographer

Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan speaks to the crowd at the ribbon-cutting event for the Chandler Family Advocacy Center.

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