Investigations of Suspected Child Abuse

When investigating cases of suspected child abuse, the Easthampton Police Department works closely with the Northwestern District Attorney's Child Abuse Unit. The Child Abuse Unit consists of assistant district attorneys, family service advocates and child interview specialists who partner with law enforcement and child protective services workers to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to child abuse. This is referred to as the Sexual Assault Intervention Network (SAIN)

The Child Abuse Unit's mission is to stop child abuse and child abusers, to protect children and to keep children and families safe, healthy, and strong. The unit specializes in investigating and prosecuting cases involving the abuse of children, and uses a child-friendly setting, the Children's Advocacy Center, to help children feel comfortable and safe. Also, the Child Abuse Unit partners with local and national experts to seek just outcomes and to provide support, medical care, and mental health services to victims and their families.