skip navigation

Justinfo Subscribe to Stay Informed

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


NCJRS Abstract


Subscribe to Stay Informed
Want to be in the know? JUSTINFO is a biweekly e-newsletter containing information about new publications, events, training, funding opportunities, and Web-based resources available from the NCJRS Federal sponsors. Sign up to get JUSTINFO in your inbox.

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection.
To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database.

How to Obtain Documents
NCJ Number: NCJ 233282     Find in a Library
Title: Toward a Better Way to Interview Child Victims of Sexual Abuse
  Document URL: HTML PDF 
Author(s): Sara Harris
  Journal: NIJ Journal  Issue:267  Dated:Winter 2010  Pages:12 to 15
Date Published: 2010
Page Count: 4
  Series: NIJ Journal
  Annotation: This article discusses a study examining the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Investigative Interview Protocol of child victims of sexual abuse.
Abstract: The findings from the study found that the training and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Investigative Interview Protocol elicit more information from possible child victims. Even though the findings cannot definitively confirm details of what happened, it is clear that after the protocol was introduced prosecutors accepted more cases; and more cases that went to trial resulted in conviction than before the protocol was introduced. Several techniques have been developed for improving the way child victims of sexual abuse are interviewed. One technique that showed promise was the NICHD interview protocol. In a study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), researchers examined the outcomes of cases before and after police detectives were trained on the NICHD Investigative Interview Protocol. The evidence-based nature of the NICHD protocol lends credence to the researchers’ assertion that, when employed by well-trained interviewers, the protocol likely improves the detail and accuracy of information elicited from children. 1 table and 5 notes
Main Term(s): Child victim interviews
Index Term(s): Interview and interrogation ; Child abuse investigations ; Child Sexual Abuse ; Criminal justice research ; Police interviewing training ; Police child abuse training ; Child victims ; Crime reporting by children
Grant Number: 2006-IJ-CX-0019
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

* A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's web site is provided.