Psychology, Department of


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Published in Aggression and Violent Behavior 16:3 (May–June 2011), pp. 188–199; doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2011.02.005 Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Used by permission.


Child sexual abuse poses serious mental health risks, not only to child victims but also to non-offending family members. As the impact of child sexual abuse is heterogeneous, varied mental health interventions should be available in order to ensure that effective and individualized treatments are implemented. Treatment modalities for child victims and non-offending family members are identified and described. The benefits of providing on-site mental health services at Child Advocacy Centers to better triage and provide care are discussed through a description of an existing Child Advocacy Center-based treatment program. Recommendations for research and clinical practice are provided.