Safe Horizon Bronx Child Advocacy Center or BX CAC is a 15,000 square foot facility for child victims of domestic violence. Safe Horizon, a city-funded agency, is the largest provider of free services for victims of domestic violence and child abuse in the country.
The Bronx CAC is a co-located facility. This means that all of the agencies involved in the treatment of domestic violence- Safe Horizon's counselors, a medical team from a local hospital, Child Services, NYPD Child Abuse Squad and the Bronx District Attorney's office - are housed under one roof.
We had the task of organizing all of the agencies into one cohesive program, which ensured that the victims were never made to feel uncomfortable and streamlined this uncomfortable process by having these agencies working side by side. While the victims are being treated on one side of the facility, suspected perpetrators are led into an NYPD sub-station via a separate entrance and are interrogated on the other side.
We made a conscious effort to scale the reception area and treatment rooms to the size of a child (the average CAC client is between the ages of 6-10 years old) by providing continuous, painted motifs at child height.
The CAC is designed as a community-based model for assisting those most vulnerable to domestic violence - children.