Tonight's special guests are Maria Vinci-Savettiere, Exec Dir and Judy Rawla, Dir of Programs at Dierdre's House, the Center in Morris County for child victims of abuse and/or neglect and for children that have witnessed family violence. Established in 1994, Deirdre's House is the only site in Morris County where a child victim can be interviewed and digitally recorded by law enforcement, medically examined and treated by a pediatric abuse specialist, prepared for trial, and clinically counseled in English or Spanish----all under one roof. As a nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center (CAC), Deirdre's House provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse in a dedicated, safe, secure, child focused setting. As Executive Director of Deirdre's House, Maria Vinci-Savettiere, Esq, has combined her legal knowledge and business acumen to expand and improve the programs offered to child victims, increase cooperation among agencies and organizations utilizing the facilities, and bring Deirdre's House back to financial stability. Judy Rawla holds a degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. She's spent her entire career working in the field of victim services. After four years as a victim advocate at the Morris County Prosecutor's Office and a year as Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator of Morris County in 2001, Judy took on the role of Director of Programs at Deirdre's House in 2002, where she is responsible for maintaining the Center's many programs as well as community and interagency relationships.
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