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NCJ Number: 181504 Find in a Library
Title: Responding to Child Victims and Witnesses: Innovative Practices for Prosecutors
Corporate Author: Video/Action
United States of America
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
OVC Resource Ctr
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Washington, DC 20007
Grant Number: 1999-MU-GX-K003
Sale Source: OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Film
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The prosecution of cases involving children who have been traumatized by exposure to violent crimes is a special challenge and, as depicted in this videotape, innovative approaches for working with community partners to support child witnesses and victims can lead to successful case outcomes.
Abstract: One in a series of videotapes for criminal justice professionals, community practitioners, and policymakers concerned about children exposed to violence, the videotape focuses on programs in Arizona, Virginia, and Washington. The Children's Help Center of Arizona recognizes that most children do not report their victimization and that a good child abuse investigation is essential. The center is designed to be a one-stop facility for child abuse investigations and includes provision for medical examinations and counseling training. The center works with the county attorney's office, encourages interviews with children in a fact-finding, non-biased manner, prepares children for court, helps children learn to trust adults again, and assigns one detective to handle a case from beginning to end. In Prince William County, Virginia, police officers are trained in interviewing children in sexual and physical abuse cases. The training encourages police officers to understand children, to be sensitive to their needs, and to use the language of children in the course of interviewing. The King County, Washington, Kid's Court prepares children for court by bringing them to the court prior to the case to familiarize them and to talk about court rules and the importance of telling the truth. The group session in the court involves role-playing and is designed to make children feel they are not alone. Children talk about their fears and anxieties; efforts to reduce their stresses are intended to produce more accurate child witnesses.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Arizona; Child abuse; Child abuse investigations; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victim interviews; Child victims; Children in the courtroom; Crimes against children; Interview and interrogation; Juvenile witnesses; Police interview/interrogation of juvenile; Police interviewing training; Prosecution; Sexual assault victims; Victims of violent crime; Virginia; Washington
Note: Closed-captioned, 17 minutes
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