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First Step Resource Center, a National Children’s Alliance-accredited children’s advocacy center, provides medical evaluations, forensic interviews, mental health treatment, care coordination and referrals for child and adult victims of abuse or assault.
Since 2000, First Step has been dedicated to reducing trauma and promoting healing for child victims of abuse and adult victims of sexual assault in Missoula and surrounding counties.
If you suspect child abuse, you should:
The First Step social work staff offers:
If you have been sexually assaulted, you may choose to:
First Step works as part of the JUST Response team, made up of law enforcement agencies, Child and Family Services, the County Attorney’s office, advocacy organizations and mental health providers to respond to reports of abuse and assault. This team approach ensures that victims received a trauma-informed and coordinated response from the multiple agencies that can be involved in a report of abuse or assault. The collaborative response results in stronger investigations and convictions. It also allows for better supportive services for families, including mental health, medical care and advocacy.
JUST Response Children’s Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Team mission is to work collaboratively with families affected by child abuse toward healing and justice.
The JUST Response Children’s Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Team vision is to create a safe and nurturing community, free of violence.