Ravel, this dog who helps child victims of confession violence, at the Saint-Lô hospital center

The caregivers at the Saint-Lô memorial hospital center have a new, more special companion. He’s not a doctor or a nurse, but a dog! Ravel, a black Labrador two years old, arrived at the medico-judicial unit (UMJ) in January and assisted child victims of violence in confession, during hearings by gendarmes and police.

A specially trained dog for six months

Ravel is far from being a dog like everyone else. the third forensic assistance dog in France not leather and specially trained for this mission for six months. “She was so calm, so sweet, perfect in the role we asked her to, meant to comfort the kids”describes Emilie Morançais, one of two UMJ service psychologists and host dog.

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We really feel that she supported the child during the hearing – Emilie Morançais, psychologist at UMJ in Saint -Lô

Important qualities that Labrador uses in every audition. “When the child is having a hard time, Ravel will sigh or push the child. We really have a feeling that he is supporting the child during the hearing”according to the psychologist.

With Ravel, kids are better able to confess

Children who are auditioned, whether they are 3 or 18 years old, are usually in the context of legal process of sexual violence. Ravel then allowed them to speak more quickly. “When we introduced the dog, we could see directly that the child was relaxed and that he was more confident. It was easier to approach these sick things.”said Chief Emilie Cabon, a police officer who is a member of the Avranches family protection group and trained in violence against minors.

The presence of the dog even allows one freedom of speech. “One day, hearing was very hard and complicated for a little girl. The investigator did everything to calm her down, and at one point, the dog sighed, took a deep breath, and he told her everything. If without the dog, he wouldn’t have said ”recalls Emilie Morançais.

Ravel really helped rebuild child victims-Béatrice Auvray, psychologist at UMJ in Saint-Lô

Thus Ravel attended a sixty auditions since his arrival and left good memories for the children. “Some people came out saying” this is great! “, While, well, they even came to provide even more difficult information”testified Béatrice Auvray, the unit’s second psychologist.

Child victims of violence were interviewed in this room of the medico-judicial unit of the Saint-Lô hospital center by a police officer or gendarme, now in Ravel’s presence. © Radio France
Chloe Martin

“They remember the dog’s positive memory, rather than the police’s memory. This time is usually the first stage of the procedure, and therefore healing. That’s why we try not to be traumatic., Not to add to the trauma of the trauma. .Ravel really helped with this rebuilding ”analyzed by the psychologist.

To make Ravel’s presence permanent, a the agreement has already been signed this Friday, May 13 between the Saint-Lô hospital center, the justice, gendarmerie and police service of the Manche department, and the Handi’Chiens and La Voix de l’enfant associations.

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