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NCJ Number: 210557 Find in a Library
Title: Investigating and Prosecuting Cases of Child Abuse
Author(s): Victor I. Vieth
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 49
Sponsoring Agency: Winona State University
Winona, MN 55987
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines various aspects related to the successful investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases.
Abstract: In the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, this paper examines several aspects of child abuse and the successful investigation and prosecution of these cases. There are five aspects addressed which include: (1) developing a multi-disciplinary response to child abuse cases and developing a protocol for the investigations and prosecution of child abuse cases; (2) understanding the correlation between domestic violence and child abuse; (3) dealing with a juvenile sex offender charged with sexually abusing a child; (4) pretrial motions, jury selection, cross examination, and opening and closing arguments in the prosecution of child abuse cases; (5) the cross examination of defendants and non-expert defense witnesses in child abuse cases; and (6) presenting the opening statement and closing arguments. The paper concludes with how to salvage a case when a child recants before or after trial.
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse investigations; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victim interviews; Prosecution; Prosecutor-victim interaction; Sex offenders
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