HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT)– Police, attorneys, and other advocates put pen to paper Wednesday at the NCAC, pledging to continue an interdisciplinary partnership that fights crime against children in Madison County.
This is the Interdisciplinary Agreement’s 29th straight year.
Chris Newlin, NCAC’s Executive Director, outlined why this cooperation between multiple agencies is so important.
“Unfortunately often times what we see is the children we are working with have not just experienced one trauma,” he said. “They have in fact experienced multiple traumas.”
District Attorney Rob Broussard echoed, “You’re talking about a group of victims that are the most vulnerable.”
For this group present Wednesday, it was all about helping these victims from all angles, fostering their recovery while also fighting offenders through the legal system.
“We have child protection outcomes where we make sure children are in safe places, but at the end of the day it’s about making sure kids heal,” said Newlin.
The partnership is renewed yearly to stay up-to-date with the latest ways the agencies can work together to protect children and help them heal. It is what Newlin calls their “playbook” on how to deal with all aspects of crimes against children in their communities, from medical exams to interviews to actual criminal proceedings against defendants.