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Durant Children's Center

a nationally accredited Children's Advocacy Center (CAC)

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The Elizabeth Pettigrew Durant Children’s Center (DCC) was established in 1994 as the 2nd children’s advocacy center in South Carolina. Known as “The House Where the Healing Begins,” the assessment and treatment center for suspected cases of child abuse and neglect was named by Mr. Joe B. Durant of Florence in memory of his wife Mrs. Elizabeth Pettigrew Durant, a well-known teacher who had a great affinity for children.  Durant Children's Center is nationally accredited by the National Children's Alliance

In the event of child abuse, there are Durant Children’s Center various on-site services provided by the Department of Social Services, Law Enforcement, Solicitor’s Office, Medical and Mental Health Professionals, and Victim Advocates. The center provides the following services:

24-hour Crisis Intervention

Medical Examinations, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Forensic Interview

Individual and Group Counseling

Legal Advocacy 

Military Partnership Program

Community Education and Training

Satellite Centers are located in Florence, Hartsville, and Sumter counties.

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Clinical forensic interviews conducted by certified forensic interviewers specifically trained to work with children and adolescents


Forensic medical examinations and treatment


Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (PSANE)


Multidisciplinary advocacy  for child and adolescent victims of
physical and sexual abuse

Children and families are supported through the investigative process with referrals and follow-ups.


Individual, Group, and Family Therapy


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What Is A CAC?

A children’s advocacy center is the ONE place that provides a safe, child-friendly environment where law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medical and mental health professionals may share information and develop effective, coordinated strategies sensitive to the needs of each unique case and child. 

A video that explains to children what they may experience when they visit Durant Children's Center. 

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