Bonach and Hysock-Witham Present on Ways to Better Serve Child Sexual Assault Victims and Families

Posted on 6/5/2015 9:17:03 AM

Kathryn Bonach and Dana Hysock-Witham presented their original research, titled Exploring Collaboration between Children’s Advocacy Centers and Rape Crisis Centers,” at the annual National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Leadership Conference, May 31–June 3, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

Their study explored factors that contribute to successful collaboration between Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) and Rape Crisis Centers (RCC) to better serve child sexual assault victims and their families. 

The NCA Leadership Conference aims to provide continuing education, networking opportunities, and exposure to innovative programs and ideas for Children’s Advocacy Center leaders. Bonach and Hysock-Witham’s research was featured in the “Innovative Programs and Approaches” track for direct service practices based upon recent research or application in the field. They were joined by their research team’s external liaisons, Teresa Smith, Northeast Region Children’s Advocacy Center Outreach and Training coordinator, and Alexa Livelsberger, LSW, Children’s Advocacy coordinator/Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, who offered examples of successful CAC and RCC collaborative models in Pennsylvania.

Bonach is a professor of sociology and currently serves as the dean’s associate for administration for the IUP School of Graduate Studies and Research. Hysock-Witham is an associate professor of sociology.