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  NCJ Number: NCJ 162425     Find in a Library
  Title: Law Enforcement Response to Child Abuse
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Author(s): C B Hammond ; K V Lanning ; W Promisel ; J R Shepherd ; B Walsh
  Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
  Date Published: 1997
  Page Count: 24
  Series: OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse
  Annotation: This guide provides information needed by law enforcement personnel to ensure consistency in child abuse investigations and offers useful suggestions on how police officers can work with physicians, respond to domestic disturbance calls, and place children in protective custody.
  Abstract: The role of law enforcement in child abuse cases is to investigate, identify and apprehend the offender, and file appropriate criminal charges. The response of law enforcement to child abuse needs to be consistent, and police officers must be objective and proactive in child abuse investigations. The most effective approach to child abuse investigations is based on interagency coordination and planning. Social workers, physicians, therapists, prosecutors, judges, and police officers all have important roles to play. Police investigators should be trained and experienced in objectively investigating child abuse so they can interview children and interrogate suspected offenders. Important considerations in child abuse investigations are listed, along with procedures for working with medical professionals and obtaining medical examinations and procedures for handling domestic disturbance calls and placing a child in emergency protective custody. A sample child sexual assault protocol for use by police investigators and a list of organizations involved in child abuse investigations are included. 13 references
  Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
  Index Term(s): Criminal investigation ; Abused children ; Sexual assault victims ; Child protection services ; Child abuse investigations ; Child Sexual Abuse ; Investigative techniques ; Police policies and procedures ; Police child abuse training ; Child victims
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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  Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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