What We Do
Safe Shores - The DC Children's Advocacy center is an independent nonprofit organization that leads a private-public partnership established to provide a coordinated and child-friendly approach to the investigation and prosecution of civil and criminal child abuse cases in the District of Columbia.
Safe Shores serves as a coordinating body for the multidisciplinary team (MDT) partner agencies. The MDT consists of representatives from local and federal law enforcement, legal, social service, and mental health agencies including the Metropolitan Police Department, the Office of the Attorney General, the United States Attorney’s Office, the Child & Family Services Agency, and Children’s National Medical Center. Safe Shores' staff facilitates cooperation and coordination among the MDT by providing statistical case tracking, bi-weekly team case reviews to coordinate the civil and criminal investigations, joint forensic interviews, trauma assessments, therapy, and pre-trial support for child victims.
The Safe Shrores facility is designed to provide a warm and welcoming place where children and adolescents can feel safe and supported while waiting for forensic interviews, therapy or placement resolutions. Safe Shores staff ensures that children receive supervision, meals, clean clothes, crisis intervention and other emergency victim services during the joint investigative process.