The City of Philadelphia officially opens a new facility that helps victims of sexual abuse in a more compassionate, efficient way.
The new Philadelphia Safety Collaborative is a state-of-the-art facility that centralizes in one location Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit, members of the District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia Department of Human Services and Philadelphia Children’s Alliance.
Philadelphia sees about sixteen-hundred reported sexual abuse cases each year. Because of this collaborative effort, agencies will launch investigations sooner.
From the Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to Mayor Michael Nutter, city officials from across the board support the measure.
The new 42,000 square foot facility is located at 300 E. Hunting Park Avenue, in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia.
Groundbreaking took place August 2012 and renovations were finished in June 2013. Personnel officially began working in the building July 2013.
According to officials, the main goal of the Philadelphia Safety Collaborative is to minimize the impact of the victims trauma and facilitate the recovery process.