The Berkshire County Sexual Assault Intervention Network (SAIN) Team works together to respond to and investigate cases of suspected sexual and physical abuse and neglect. It provides services for victims and non-offending family members. The goal of the SAIN Team is to keep children safe, prevent further harm and hold abusers accountable.
The SAIN Team consists of specially-trained team members of the Department of Children and Families, the Berkshire County Kids' Place and Violence Prevention Center, Inc., state and local police, the Brien Center, a medical consultant, the Massachusetts Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, and the District Attorney's Office. The SAIN Team Coordinator is employed by the DA's Office and works closely with the Berkshire County Kids' Place.
The SAIN Team follows a Children's Advocacy Center model approach to child abuse intervention and investigation. Children are interviewed in a non-leading manner by a trained forensic interviewer in a child-friendly environment. Other team members observe via closed-circuit television, reducing the need for multiple interviews of the child. Each team member can use the information obtained to do their job, whether it be intervention, criminal investigation, providing medical or mental health services, or prosecution of the abuser. Specialized medical, mental health and victim advocacy services are offered. The Team uses a comprehensive approach to provide children and their families the resources and help they need.
The SAIN Team also:
Ensures medical and mental health care for victims.
Tracks each and every child through prosecution and beyond.
Compiles statistical analysis of child abuse cases.