Many people are hurting because of an act of violence committed against them. Anyone - men, women, and children may be affected by violence. Our children are subjected to neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Research shows as many as 1 in 4 girls will be victims of sexual abuse by the time they are 18-years-old. For boys, the number is 1 in 6. Often the abuse is a “family secret” passed from one generation to another.
There is hope and restoration at the Advocacy Center.The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children began in 1976 as the Waco Rape Crisis Center. It has grown into an umbrella agency with three programs, the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), The Victims Center, and Prevention and Education – offering many services to the hurting in our community.
The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children's mission is to promote healing of children and crime victims through advocacy, collaboration, prevention and treatment. If you would like to see a brochure, please download it!
What We Do
The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims & Children is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit umbrella agency that includes the following programs: The Victims Center, Children's Advocacy Center, and Prevention and Education.
The Victims Center (VC) provides a 24-hour crisis hotline as well as counseling and case management for crime victims. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners conduct forensic medical examinations at both Waco hospitals. Additionally, community education programs and a volunteer program are available. The Victims Center serves McLennan, Hill, Falls, Bosque, Limestone, and Freestone counties.
The Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a helping hand to hurting children by minimizing their amount of time involved in the investigation and judicial process. The CAC provides the following: forensic interviews, multidisciplinary weekly case tracking, forensic medical examinations, case management and counseling. The Children's Advocacy Center serves McLennan County.
The Prevention and Education (P&E) program offers education and other assistance to groups including: organizations serving youth, men and boys, social service providers, mental health professionals, educators and administrators, college/university faculty and staff, coaches, public health professionals human resource administrators, faith based organizations and other groups. We also work with students K-12 and college, parents, faith community members, civic groups and others.