What Your Gift Supports
The Adult Advocacy Centers (AACs) model—the first of its kind in the world—will include brick-and-mortar centers throughout Ohio. Each center will be equipped to provide holistic, accessible and trauma-informed services for adult crime victims with disabilities in a universal and multi-sensory environment. Mobile recreational vehicle (RV) units will take those services to those who need them throughout the state.
Ten Regional Centers
Plans are in motion to build 10 specially designed regional centers throughout Ohio. These centers will bring together highly trained teams of professionals to perform forensic interviews and collect evidence in crimes against adults with disabilities, including cases of assault, sexual violence, domestic violence and human trafficking. The Adult Advocacy Centers will break new ground by incorporating both universal and multi-sensory design into each location, allowing us to serve each client safely and purposefully, according to their individual needs. These centers will allow all adults with disabilities to access victim services in an equal, inclusive and accessible way, no matter where they live in the state.
Read more about the centers in our full-color booklet.
Mobile RV Units
A mobile RV unit will allow the AACs to take our groundbreaking services to adult crime victims with disabilities anywhere they need us in the state of Ohio. The RV has always been a planned component of the AACs’ model to support crime victims with disabilities. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear that mobile victim services, particularly for crime victims with disabilities, is a critical need.
Read more about the mobile RV units in our full-color booklet.
Protocols and Trainings
To date, the AACs and our partners have developed four different forensic interviewing protocols, along with training classes to teach professionals how to implement these critical skills into their work. These protocols and trainings help to teach the world to hear the voices of people with disabilities after they are a victim of or witness to crime.
Read more about the groundbreaking work of Project FIND.