Executive Director Brett Hutchinson said most people do not realize how prevalent child abuse is and that it exists in every community, regardless of socioeconomic status. He said only abut 12% of abuse cases are actually reported, meaning the issue is more widespread than it may appear.
“That’s not even close to the number of kids who are actually being abused because it holes up in a community like Williamson [County],” he said.
Each office at the nonprofit features child-friendly rooms where staff members, also known as family advocates, can interview children about what they have experienced.
Davis House also works with law enforcement officials and first responders, local school districts, and churches to provide training on how to recognize signs of abuse.
While the nonprofit receives some of its funding from the state, the majority comes from donations and events, such as the upcoming Button Ball, a black-tie gala to be held Oct. 23 at Homestead Manor in Thompsons Station. The benefit will feature dinner, dancing, live music and Olympian Aly Raisman, a gymnast and survivor of sexual abuse, who will speak during the event.
Hutchinson said the goal is always to provide a safe place where recovery can begin.
“For our staff, the most rewarding thing is when they see healing begin and children who are no longer afraid to go to sleep by themselves, or they have hope for their future,” he said.
Davis House Child Advocacy Center
1810 Columbia Ave., Ste. 28