In 2018, the Arkansas State Police child abuse hotline received more than 30,000 calls and even that sobering number likely doesn’t tell the full story of child abuse in Arkansas. Elizabeth Pulley, executive director for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) of Arkansas, sees the full spectrum of these cases every day. It’s difficult, often heartbreaking work, but through CAC, these children receive help and services to help them lead healthier, more productive lives.
In her role, Pulley is responsible for the organization’s 17 centers statewide, which last year served some 5,000 children. These regional offices provide interdisciplinary teams made up of mental health counselors, nurses, law enforcement and other professionals focused on helping children who have been identified as likely victims of abuse.
Pulley also provides direction and leadership for the CAC’s seven satellite centers, offices that serve rural communities on a limited basis. She’s spearheading an effort to deploy mobile units, thereby covering more ground in a timely manner.
Pulley graduated from Baylor University in 1998 with a degree in communication sciences and disorders. She also holds a master’s degree in human services counseling, earned from Regent University. She’s been in CAC’s executive director role since 2017.