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NCJ Number: 165804 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Child Maltreatment and Abuse Investigation for Law Enforcement Officers
Author(s): K Sahonchik; M Colombo; C Boggis
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 109
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME 04112
Grant Number: 93-MC-CX-0008
Publication Number: ISBN 0-939561-25-5
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

University of Southern Maine
National Child Welfare Resource Ctr for Organizational Improvement
Edmund S. Muskie Institute of Public Services
One Post Office Square
400 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04112
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This handbook was written to provide law enforcement personnel, including police officers and deputy sheriffs in small and medium-sized police departments, with specific information needed to investigate child abuse cases.
Abstract: The handbook views child abuse as a serious crime, one that is different from other crimes because it involves children who have special needs. Statistics indicate that almost 3 million children were the alleged subjects of child abuse in 1993, that 45 of every 1,000 children are reported as victims of child abuse, that overall child abuse reporting levels have increased by 50 percent between 1985 and 1993, and that 9 to 10 million children are directly affected by drug-abusing parents. The handbook also considers child abuse prevention to be a critical responsibility of police officers. During the investigation, police officers should realize the investigation itself may be traumatic for children. The investigation should be conducted in a manner that is sensitive to the needs of children. The handbook can be used as a brief reference guide to recognizing signs of child abuse during the initial police response, conducting investigations and gathering appropriate evidence, interviewing children, interrogating suspected offenders, and following the case through court. An appendix contains background information on child abuse, a list of available resources and training, and a child abuse investigation flowchart.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse investigations; Child abuse prevention; Child victims; Children in the courtroom; Children of drug abusers; OJJDP grant-related documents; Police policies and procedures
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