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Title: Child Victim as a Witness
Author(s): D Whitcomb; E De Vos; T P Cross; N A Peeler; D K Runyan; W M Hunter; M D Everson; C Q Porter; P A Toth; C Cropp
Corporate Author: University of North Carolina
United States of America

American Prosecutors Research Institute
United States of America

Education Development Ctr
Higher Education Ctr for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 153
Sponsoring Agency: American Prosecutors Research Institute
Alexandria, VA 22314
Education Development Ctr
Newton, MA 02160
Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Grant Number: 87-MC-CX-0026
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Results of a research program studying the child victim as witnesses are discussed.
Abstract: This report discusses the preliminary findings of the Child Victim as Witness Research and Development Program, a three-year project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). This project was a collaborative effort involving three organizations: Education Development Center, Inc.; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and the American Prosecutors Research Institute of Alexandria, Virginia. The study was designed to identify and implement a range of techniques for investigating and prosecuting child sexual abuse cases; empirically assess the circumstances under which alternative techniques are used; and evaluate how well these innovations reduce victim trauma and increase successful prosecution of offenders. The principal question for which the researchers sought an answer was how child sexual abuse cases can be effectively prosecuted without exacerbating the children's trauma. The four jurisdictions chosen for study were Erie County (Buffalo), New York; Polk County (Des Moines), Iowa; Ramsey County (St. Paul), Minnesota; and San Diego County, California. Case tracking, meetings with representatives of criminal justice and human service agencies, and psychological interviews were conducted. Preliminary results suggest that it may not be testifying per se, but the harshness of the testifying experience, that is harmful to children. Also, preliminary results indicate that testifying is less stressful for younger children and may even be helpful. Case tracking data, however, reveal that prosecutors are reluctant to pursue cases involving preschool children. A listing of other publications available from OJJDP is included. Endnotes
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Children in the courtroom; Courts; Juvenile witnesses; Juveniles
Note: This is a Research Report.
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