By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia’s two leading children’s hospitals are joining forces for an unprecedented partnership to help kids who are victims of abuse.

In an effort to help victims feel as comfortable as possible, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children will staff a suite at the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance facility.

“This initiative is exciting because it’s bringing together all of the expertise, that now includes the medical care, under one roof to support the child victims here in the city,” explains CHOP Dr. Philip Scribano.

He says there are both physical and emotional health benefits for victims of abuse:

“This is a very difficult thing to talk about.”

Previously, Dr. Scribano says children would visit several different offices, often being forced to tell the story of their living nightmare over and over.

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