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The Believe Child Advocacy Center provides services to children for interpersonal violence, sexual assault and adverse childhood experiences. Staff work with medical providers, law enforcement, Department of Social Services, the District Attorney’s office and additional partners to provide crisis intervention, conduct forensic interviews, medical exams and offer emotional support and counseling.
If you are or your child are Immediate Danger, Call 9-1-1
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  • A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds (American Society for the Positive Care of Children)
  • 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they reach 18 (Department of Justice)
  • More than 4 children die each day because of child abuse (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Who Do We Help?

Children who are victims of sexual and interpersonal violence, including cases where the children witnessed abuse.

Our Services

Advocates provide a model of healthy parenting skills and work with the parents to develop safety plans for their children. As needed, we meet regularly with individual children to support them through this difficult time and provide them with information or education about living within a family experiencing violence.

  • Crisis intervention
  • Counseling
  • Referrals to other services that are specific to the child’s needs
  • Advocacy with other agencies
  • Age-appropriate safety planning
  • Activity groups while adult caregivers are in session

Child victims are able to see a physician specially-trained in sexual assault and receive a medical exam right here in Hendersonville, within 24-48 hours of the incident, rather than having to wait weeks for an appointment in another county.

The ability to have the medical exam and forensic interview during the same appointment will reduce further trauma to the child and preserve vital evidence needed for court trials and prosecution.