Brigid Collins is a non-profit that works to end child abuse and build stronger families in Skagit and Whatcom Counties. Quantum recently had an opportunity to work with them to build a new Family Support Center in Mount Vernon at the former Paul Luvera Law Offices. The Center has community spaces for prevention and training, office space for staff, and a carefully researched and designed interview and medical room for intervention when abuse does occur.
The intervention suite features its own private entrance and lobby. It includes a medical examination suite, an intake room, and an interview room that’s designed to allow children to be interviewed in a calm and safe environment while providing space for law enforcement personnel to monitor the interview unobtrusively, separated from the interview by a one way mirror and careful sound proofing measures. This protects the child at an immediate emotional level while also allowing law enforcement the involvement to protect the child from future abuse.