Who We Are

Healing starts Here.

Our Mission


The Navajo County Family Advocacy Center’s goal is to reduce the stress that families, especially children, may face as victims of abuse, neglect, domestic violence or sexual assault during the investigation and prosecution of a crime against them.
We strive to: 

Ensure victims are treated with respect and dignity throughout the investigative process.

Minimize trauma and re-victimization by limiting the number of interviews and medical examinations victims are subject to.

Perform forensic interviews and medical exams in a child-friendly safe environment.

Improve the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children by promoting a multidisciplinary team approach to the investigation.

Our History


 

Telling a story several times, a trip alone in the back of a police car to a city 2-1/2 to 4 hours away for a forensics interview and medical exam, surrounded by strangers; this is what faced a child victim of assault or sexual abuse effectively adding to the trauma. That is until the Navajo County Family Advocacy Center opened its doors in May of 2011.  

The Navajo County Attorney initiated the FAC so that abused children would not have to make the arduous journey to Flagstaff.  He created a multidisciplinary partnership of law enforcement, Department of Child Safety, prosecutors, victim advocates, medical providers, counselors and the court system to investigate and prosecute child abuse cases, help children recover from the abuse, and work with the community to report and prevent child abuse. The FAC is a member of the Arizona Child and Family Advocacy Network (ACFAN) and the National Children’s Alliance (NCA). Both organizations provide support, training, and guidance to local advocacy centers and their professionals.

Since May of 2011, the FAC has provided services to over 1200 victims.  The prosecution rate of abusers has increased significantly for cases investigated.  While the primary are of services is Navajo County, services are also available to Apache County. The majority of victims seen are children, however, adults are also served.

Our History

History


 

Telling a story several times, a trip alone in the back of a police car to a city 2-1/2 to 4 hours away for a forensics interview and medical exam, surrounded by strangers; this is what faced a child victim of assault or sexual abuse, effectively adding to the trauma. That is until the Navajo County Family Advocacy Center opened its doors in May of 2011.  

The Navajo County Attorney initiated the FAC so that abused children would not have to make the arduous journey to Flagstaff.  He created a multidisciplinary partnership of law enforcement, Department of Child Safety, prosecutors, victim advocates, medical providers, counselors and the court system to investigate and prosecute child abuse cases, help children recover from the abuse, and work with the community to report and prevent child abuse. The FAC is a member of the Arizona Child and Family Advocacy Network (ACFAN) and the National Children’s Alliance (NCA). Both organizations provide support, training, and guidance to local advocacy centers and their professionals.

Since May of 2011, the FAC has provided services to over 1200 victims.  The prosecution rate of abusers has increased significantly for cases investigated.  While the primary area of services is Navajo County, services are also available to Apache County. The majority of victims seen are children, however, adults are also served.

OUR TEAM


 

Linda Kingery

Director of Services/Forensics Interviewer

Linda.kingery@navajocountyaz.gov

Sandra Ann Angelo, PhD

Director of Development

Sandra.angelo@navajocountyaz.gov

Nicole Kester

Victim Advocate

Nicole.kester@navajocountyaz.gov

Linda Kingery

Director of Services/Forensics Interviewer

Linda.kingery@navajocountyaz.gov

Sandra Ann Angelo, PhD

Director of Development

Sandra.angelo@navajocountyaz.gov

Nicole Kester

Victim Advocate

Nicole.kester@navajocountyaz.gov

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