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.
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.