Who We Are
Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center
Dawson Place has two Child Interview Specialists who conduct forensic interviews of children age 3 to 17 years at the request of any law enforcement agency. Our service dog Harper is also availale to provide support to children during the interview process. Our child interview specialists are specially trained to talk with children and adolescents. The interviewer’s job is to guide a child through the disclosure process in a way that is legally sound and defensible in court. The interview techniques used are defined in the Snohomish County Investigation Protocols, are taught by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, and are based on the most widely researched interview protocol in the world. All interviews are conducted at Dawson Place, which has a child-friendly setting. The Child Interview Specialists also provide interview services for law enforcement agencies outside of Snohomish County i.e. the FBI, US Navy, and Tribal Police upon request.
Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse
Upon referral, the Providence Intervention Center conducts child physical and sexual abuse forensic examinations. Victim Advocates provide 24-hour crisis line support to primary and secondary victims. In addition, the Center offers case management, information and referral, advocacy, and other support services in accordance with the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy standards.
Compass Health – Child Advocacy Program (CAP)
The Compass Health CAP therapists provide individual, family, and group treatment and counseling for children and their non-offending parents; these services are offered at both Dawson Place and at Compass Health CAP locations throughout Snohomish County. Compass Health therapists also participate in the Dawson Place multi-disciplinary team, and provide mental health assessments and referrals for ongoing treatment of all children and their families seen at Dawson Place.
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office – Special Investigations Unit
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit and other law enforcement agencies investigate allegations of child neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse received from both mandatory reporters and the public-at-large. Officers and Detectives discuss difficult cases with members of the multi-disciplinary team and coordinate investigations with other participating agencies to ensure that system trauma is eliminated or minimized. Law enforcement refers criminal cases to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration of charges. While only the Special Investigations Unit is located at Dawson Place, law enforcement agencies throughout the county utilize the facilities of Dawson Place.
Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
The Special Assault Unit (SAU) of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reviews all cases referred by a law enforcement agency. The SAU consults on difficult cases with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, and coordinates with other members of the team during all phases of prosecution in order to further the goals of the team. The SAU provides victim advocacy services to child victims and their families within the criminal justice system.
Department of Social and Health Services – Children’s Administration
The Department of Social and Health Services Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) takes referrals on cases of suspected child physical or sexual abuse or neglect, and in collaboration with other participating organizations, investigates those allegations and provides support services to enable families to safely care for children in their own homes, when possible. The DCFS carries out all applicable legal mandates relating to the protection of children in Washington.