Susie’s Place continues to help children
By Brenda L. Holmes, The Flyer Group
DANVILLE — When a child is abused, there are professionals that can help him or her to find a voice — to confront their abusers.
Susie’s Place is a child advocacy center in Hendricks County and is staffed with trained forensic interviewers that assist law enforcement and Child Protective Services by providing a child-friendly place to interview children who have experienced some sort of abuse/trauma.
“Word is getting out and more and more people are utilizing our services,” said Emily Perry, executive director of Susie’s Place.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and is also the month that Susie’s Place opened its doors.
The nonprofit celebrated its grand opening in 2009 and completed 195 interviews for children of various ages that first year. In 2010, the number more than doubled to 429 cases and were referred from 14 counties in Indiana.