Improving the Response to Child Abuse
The Utah Children's Justice Center (CJC) Program is dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective, efficient, and that minimize trauma for the child. Administered by the Utah Attorney General, the Utah CJC Program includes 20 locations statewide.
A Children’s Justice Center (known as children's advocacy centers in other states) is a child-focused, facility-based program in which representatives from law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical services, and victim advocacy work together to conduct interviews and make team decisions about investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse cases. In an average year, Utah's CJCs conduct 4,500 interviews, handle 5,500 cases, and serve as many as 15,000 people.
The Utah CJC Program strongly believes that the combined professional wisdom and skill of the multidisciplinary team approach results in a more complete understanding of case issues and the most effective child and family focused system response possible.