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NCJ Number: 157637 Find in a Library
Title: Child Abuse and the Legal System
Author(s): I J Sagatun; E P Edwards
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 311
Sponsoring Agency: Nelson-Hall Publishers
Chicago, IL 60606
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8304-1207-7
Sale Source: Nelson-Hall Publishers
111 North Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60606
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This textbook discusses issues raised by the increase in child abuse and neglect reporting and the response of the legal system. Each chapter presents materials which highlight the most controversial issues in a given setting.
Abstract: The first section discusses general issues related to child abuse in the U.S., including its prevalence, types of child abuse and neglect, the role of professionals involved with child abuse and neglect, and the role of advocates and juvenile courts in serving children's interests. The legal response to child abuse is discussed in terms of the functions and jurisdictions of juvenile court, domestic relations court, criminal court, and civil court; the book also describes the relationship of different legal proceedings. Another section deals with issues pertaining to courtroom proceedings, specifically relating to juvenile witnesses, the rights of the accused versus protection of the victim, hearsay evidence, and expert witnesses. The final section discusses emerging issues in child abuse, e.g., drug-exposed infants, abused children who fight back, and the controversy over claims of recovered memory. 1 appendix and chapter references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Child abuse and neglect hearings; Child abuse reporting; Children in the courtroom; Courts; Juvenile witnesses; Victims of Crime
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