If you are in immedate danger please call 911. If you would like to speak with someone at our office please call 229-273-0600.
Interviewers conduct forensic interviews with children between the ages of 3-17 years who are victims of sexual assault, physical abuse, or are witnesses to domestic violence, crimes, or violence towards others. This service keeps the children out of the uncomfortable, sometimes hostile interview room of local law enforcement, and in a more child-friendly environment.
The Gateway Center, Inc.’s facilities include a recording room and a child friendly interview room. The interview recorded at the Gateway Center is one of the only forms of admissible testimony accepted in a court of law recorded outside of the actual courtroom.
Adult Victim Advocacy
The Gateway Center provides guidance including exam accompaniment, victim compensation, multi-system responses to crimes, and additional resources to familiarize victims with what to expect and ensure that they are not abandoned during any phase after their assault.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents, and Non-Offending Caregivers who have been impacted by trauma. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences.
The Gateway Center will provide education and training through presentations at schools, community centers, Family Connections Collaboratives, Department of Public Health, law enforcement, EMS and other public forums on sexual assault prevention and protection, crime victims’ rights, victim services, and more.
24/7 Crisis Hotline
The Gateway Center operates a free 24-hour crisis hotline connecting victims and other callers directly to staff. The Gateway Center, Inc. is a member of GNESA and a RAINN affiliate, so the crisis hotline number is searchable nationwide and all advocates are RAINN-trained.
Group Therapy is an exciting component of The Gateway Center that offers youth and adults extra support after the experience of a crisis such as sexual assault or domestic violence. In group therapy clients get to interact with others sharing similar stories and can use techniques and tools gained from individual therapy to guide others. Participants are led by counseling professionals through activities that will allow them to explore deeper parts of self that may have gone unnoticed in the midst of trauma. Using strength-based approaches such as narrative therapy and mindfulness, participants will work through barriers as a group as well as gain access to additional supportive resources internally and externally.
Adult therapy provides a therapeutic setting in which the counseling professional takes a combined trauma-focused and strength-based approach to therapeutic services. Identifying positive truths about self and exploring strengths in the midst of trauma has been said to diminish the appearance of post-traumatic stress disorder. Using narrative and solution-focused therapy in conjunction with trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy allows adults to work with a professional to navigate the challenges of trauma with a focus on the power of the future.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences.
Art Therapy uses art to heal people of all ages, and can improve the emotional, mental, and physical state of most people. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic, self-expression helps people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examinations (SANE)
The Gateway Center provides triage and medical examination services to collect evidence and give testimony that can be used in a court of law. All examinations take place in a designated, private examination room.
After School Programming (CREATE)
Cultivating Resilience in Education through Art Therapy and Enrichment (CREATE) After School Program addresses learning loss and social-emotional development for at-risk middle and high school students. CREATE utilizes a whole child approach and supports students’ learning, connectedness, and well-being.