Regions Foundation teams with Davis House to fight child sexual abuse
Pictured from left: Marcus Stamps, Executive Director, Davis House Child Advocacy Center; Marty Martin, Williamson County President for Regions; Eric Stevens, Chairman of the Board, Davis House Child Advocacy Center.
Regions Foundation has partnered with Davis House Child Advocacy Center to fight child sexual abuse with a $10,000 grant for the center’s Prevention/Awareness Program. The funding from this grant award partially covers the costs of providing prevention training and awareness to adults in the community in an effort to better protect children from the trauma of sexual and/or severe physical abuse.
“It is possible to prevent abuse from occurring through extensive community education, awareness, and prevention training programs” says Marcus Stamps, Executive Director for Davis House.
“Our program is designed to train adults in the community how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This grant from Regions Foundation allows us to significantly increase the reach of our program, and in doing so, to better protect the children in our community from significant trauma.”
Marty Martin, Williamson County President for Regions, recognizes the importance of community involvement and support for local organizations like Davis House. “Our associates live and work in this community, our clients are here, and it just makes good sense to help out where and when we can.
Our associates and our company are engaged with many organizations. We saw an opportunity to help fight child abuse through Davis House and their Prevention Program, and we utilized Regions Foundation to help fund a program we think can make a positive impact. These are our children that we are protecting, and we are glad we can make a difference.”
The mission of Davis House Child Advocacy Center is to combat child abuse by coordinating services to children and their families in crisis and providing community education focused on prevention and early intervention. We have a dual mission: primarily, to treat the child and the family as they heal from the trauma of abuse; secondarily, to educate parents and caregivers so that they can better protect the children in their care from abuse.
Davis House accomplishes the community education portion of their mission through its Prevention/Awareness Program, consisting primarily of the Stewards of Children training, the Prevent Now program, and Signs and Symptoms of Child Sexual Abuse. Adults need to be trained to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Therefore, the prevention program is focused on training for school systems and teachers, churches, day care workers, volunteers and staff employed by child and youth serving organizations, corporations, parents, and the general public. Davis House is currently providing Stewards of Children training for Williamson County Schools and for the Franklin Special School District, among other organizations.
The Stewards of Children program is both research-based and award winning curriculum. Darkness to Light, the company that produces the program, has engaged in several multi-year studies that have consistently shown that the Stewards of Children program increases knowledge, improves attitudes and changes participants’ behavior over the long-term in relation to child sexual abuse.
Evidence also indicates that for every one person trained, ten children are better able to be protected. Davis House does not charge fees for participation in their prevention training programs. “It is a significant part of our mission, and this partnership with Regions helps us provide this program at no cost to participants” adds Stamps.
In addition to its Prevention/Awareness Program, Davis House Child Advocacy Center provides forensic interviews, victim advocacy services, court orientation, and court support to children under the age of eighteen in response to allegations of sexual and/or severe physical abuse. Davis House collaborates with local law enforcement, Department of Children’s Services, Juvenile Court, and the local office of the District Attorney General in a multi-disciplinary team approach to allegations of abuse.
The Center serves a four county area which includes Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry Counties, and serves over 400 new child clients annually. Davis House is an independent, non-profit 501c3 organization and relies heavily on community support to fund its operations.
For more information on Davis House Child Advocacy Center, please call Marcus Stamps, Executive Director, at 615-790-5900 ext. 101 or visit www.davishousecac.org
. To report allegations of child abuse, please call the Department of Children’s Services at 877-237-0004.
Posted on: 1/19/2014