Ravel, this dog helps a child victim of violence to make his debut at St. Lou’s Hospital Center

Caregivers at St-Lo Memorial Hospital Center have a new, rather specialized colleague. She is not a doctor or a nurse, she is a dog! Ravel, a black Labrador The two-year-old arrived at the Medico-Judicial Unit (UMJ) in January and helped a child victim of violence make his debut during a hearing with Gendarmes and police.

Specially trained dog for six months

Ravel is far from being a dog like the others. The The third forensic aid dog in France Does not bark and has been specially trained for this mission for six months. “She is very calm, really sweet, in the perfect role that we ask her to be, that is, soothing to the children.”Describes Emilie Morançais, one of the two psychologists at the UMJ service and the dog’s host.

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We really felt she supported the child during the hearing – Emily Moransize, a psychologist at UMJ in St. Lotte.

Necessary qualities that Labrador uses in each audition. “When the child is in trouble, Ravel will sigh or lean more strongly against the child. We really have the feeling that he is supporting the child during the hearing.”Psychologist comments.

With Ravel, kids can be even more confident

Children have auditioned, whether they are 3 or 18 years old, often in this context The legal process of sexual violence. Ravel then allows them to feel more confident. “As we get to know the dog, we can see firsthand that the baby is relaxed and he is more confident. It’s easy to get into these painful things.”Chief Emily Caban notes, a police officer who was associated with the Avranches family protection group and received training in violence against minors.

The presence of a dog allows even one Freedom of speech. “One day, the hearing was very difficult and complicated for a little girl. The investigator did everything to make her comfortable, and at one point, the dog sighed, took a deep breath and she said everything. Except for the dog, she wouldn’t talk.”Emilie Morançais remembers.

Ravel really helps rebuild child victims – Béatrice Auvray, UMJ psychologist at Saint-Lotte

Ravel is thus a joining Sixty auditions since his arrival And leaves good memories for children. “Some people come out saying ‘It was great!’, Although, well, they still come to provide extremely difficult information.”Béatrice Auvray, the unit’s second psychologist, testified.

In this room of the Medico-Judicial Unit at St. Lou’s Hospital, a child victim of violence is interviewed by a police officer or gender, now in Ravel’s presence. Radio France
Chloe Martin

“They remember the dog more positively than the policeman. This moment is often the first stage of the procedure and therefore the repair. So we try not to be traumatic. Not to add trauma. Trauma. Revel really helps in this reconstruction.”Psychological analysis.

To perpetuate Ravel’s presence, a The agreement has been signed This Friday, May 13 at the Saint-Lo Hospital Center, on the stage of the Department of Justice, Gendermary and Police Services, and between the Handy’s Chains and La Vieux de l’Enfant Associations.

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