State Grant Gives Patsy's House New Helpful Equipment

- Officials say they're taking more steps to ending child abuse in Texoma thanks to a state grant.

Patsy's House Children's Advocacy Center is one of just 18 in the state of Texas to receive mobile forensic interview equipment through a grant from the Governor's Office and Criminal Justice Division.

Traditionally, alleged victims travel to centers, like Patsy's House, to talk to trained forensic interviewers about the abuse they suffered. But that's not always easy.
Some alleged victims live in rural areas, can't afford the trip, or are hospitalized.
The new equipment allows the interviewers to travel to the victims and includes a video camera, a specially-equipped laptop, and microphone. It's everything they need to conduct an interview.

Patsy's House Forensic Interviewer Shannon May explained, "It's not just in Wichita County, but in all the other counties, be able to provide that access to justice for children that may have no other way to get to that. And as well allow us to respond more quickly to those heightened cases that need a faster response."

Patsy's House staff received training on the new equipment at the Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas office in Austin this past week so they can start using it immediately.

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