1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. Nine in 10 Americans polled consider child abuse a serious problem, yet only 1 in 3 reported abuse when confronted with an actual situation

90 % of child abuse victims knew and even trusted the person that abused them. Those that abuse children look and act just like everyone else. There are people who have and will sexually abuse children in your church, school, and youth sports league. Abusers can be neighbors, friends, and family members.

73 % of child victims do not tell anyone about the abuse for at least a year. 45% of victims do not tell anyone for at least 5 years.

More than 4 children die every day as a result of child abuse.

Welcome

At Owens House, we believe that through intervention, education and awareness, community engagement and public-private partnerships, we can end the cycle of child abuse and violence.   Our best hope of achieving the mission of protecting children is to respond together– as individuals, as professionals, and as a community.  Owens House, The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc.,  served the needs of victimized children and their families.  The non-profit agency was initiated in 1993 by District Attorney Robert Owens in an effort to coordinate the Shelby County community’s response to child abuse.  Designed to be a safe and friendly environment for any child who walks through the doors, everything at Owens House conveys the child is important and respected by the adults who work here.  Trained professionals from law enforcement agencies, child protective services, the District Attorney’s Office, and Owens House work together to reduce both the number of interviews required of the child and trauma to the child.  Following a fact-finding interview by a forensic interview specialist, the child may be referred for mental health therapy.  Counseling and support are crucial to a child’s recovery from the trauma of child abuse.  In addition to other services, Owens House provides the family an advocate and coordinates monthly team reviews.  All services at Owens House are provided free of charge thanks to the support of the community, individuals, businesses, and grant-makers.    Please explore the pages of this site to learn more about child abuse and join Owens House in our work to end child abuse.