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The Utah Children's Justice Center is a program of the Utah Attorney General's Office which operates 15 centers around the state of Utah. These centers coordinate investigation and prosecution of child abuse, especially child sexual abuse. They were created to provide a child friendly environment for interviews and exams of child victims as well as to provide support and centralized resource referrals to victim's families.

Services

Prior to the creation of the Utah CJC's, investigation of child abuse may have required a child victim to be interviewed by police, social services, medical personnel, psychologists and prosecutors. The primary function of the CJC is to provide a facility where children can feel more comfortable and receive coordinated services as part of the investigative process. The interviews are completed in a home-like setting by law enforcement and/or social service investigators. The interview is recorded so representatives from all involved agencies are able to use the interview in their investigation. [1]

The children's justice center provides many secondary services. These include: [2]

  • Medical forensic exams on-site at some centers
  • Tracking and monitoring of cases through the criminal justice system
  • Collaboration of resources among agencies involved in the investigation
  • Community education presentations
  • Referrals for mental health and other services

Locations

LOCATIONS

Utah has 15 justice centers where child victims can be interviewed in a safe child-friendly environment. The centers help coordinate investigation and prosecution of child sex abuse cases. They also provide referral services to victims' families. See Utah Code § 67-5b-101-107(2003).


Cache County CJC Director: Mike Stauffer 1362 North 400 West Logan, UT 84341 (435) 753-7017

Salt Lake South Valley CJC Director: Susanne Mitchell 8282 South 2200 West West Jordan, UT 84088 (801) 566-3868

Carbon County CJC Director: Shelley Wright 108 North 300 East Price, UT 84501 (435) 637-0281

Tooele County CJC Director: Carolyn Jensen 25 South 100 East Tooele, UT 84074 (435) 843-4414

Davis County CJC Director: Doug Miller 125 South Main P.O. Box 618 Farmington, UT 84025 (801) 451-3554

Uintah\Daggett County CJC Director: Tonya Murray 84 North 200 West Vernal, UT 84078 (435) 781-0105

Duchesne County CJC Director: Cheryl Boren 136 North 500 West Roosevelt, UT 84066 (435) 722-5164

Utah County CJC Director: Laura Blanchard 315 South 100 East Provo, UT 84606 (801) 851-8554

Emery County CJC Director: Shelley Wright Castle Dale, UT 84513 (435) 637-0281

Wasatch/Summit County CJC Director: Kenna Jones P.O. Box 524 1540 E. 980 S. Heber City, UT 84032 (435) 657-1000

Grand County CJC Director: Connie Haycock P.O. Box 1388 180 South 300 East Moab, UT 84532 (435) 259-3680

Washington County CJC Director: Patricia Sheffield 463 East 500 South St. George, UT 84770 (435) 634-1134

Iron County CJC Director: Stephanie Furnival P.O. Box 2623 545 S. 225 E. Cedar City, UT 84720 (435) 867-4275

Weber/Morgan County CJC Director: Rod Layton 2408 Van Buren Avenue Ogden, UT 84401 (801) 778-6261

Salt Lake Avenues CJC

Director: Susanne Mitchell 257 11th Avenue Salt Lake City, UT 84103 (801) 355-0781

External links

Iron County Children's Justice Center
Utah County Children's Justice Center
Weber/Morgan Counties Children's Justice Center
(http://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/justicecenters.html Utah Children's Justice Center Program]

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