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NCJ Number: 68917 Find in a Library
Title: CHILD ABUSE AND CHILD RIGHTS - EMPIRICAL KNOWLEDGE, NORM STRUCTURE, AND SENTENCING RATIONALE
Author(s): G ZENZ
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 452
Sponsoring Agency: Suhrkamp Verlag
Frankfurt Am Main, Germany United
Sale Source: Suhrkamp Verlag
Lindenstr 29
Postfach 2446
Frankfurt Am Main,
Germany (Unified)
Language: German
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: THE HISTORY AND PRESENT SITUATION OF THE SOCIAL AND LEGAL REACTIONS TO CHILD ABUSE, RESULTS OF RESEARCH ON CHILD ABUSE, AND WEST GERMAN LAWS AFFECTING PARENTS' AND CHILDRENS' RIGHTS ARE OUTLINED.
Abstract: A HISTORICAL SKETCH OF ABUSIVE CONDITIONS ENCOUNTERED BY CHILDREN SINCE ANTIQUITY SHOWS THAT CHILDREN'S RIGHTS ARE A RELATIVELY MODERN DEVELOPMENT. A DISCUSSION OF SUBSTANTIVE AND PROCEDURAL LAW AS APPLIED TO GUARDIANSHIP CASES AND A SPECIFIC CASE STUDY ILLUSTRATE PROBLEMS WHICH ARISE IN INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS OF THE LAW. RESEARCH AREAS REVIEWED INCLUDE DARK FIGURES; PRACTICES TO COMBAT CHILD ABUSE IN THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC AND ABROAD (E.G., REPORTING LAWS); AND CHARACTERISTICS OF ABUSE, (I.E., FORMS OF INJURIES, MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS, AND INTERACTION BETWEEN OFFICIAL AUTHORITIES AND VICTIMS). THE SOCIAL SITUATIONS OF ABUSIVE FAMILIES ARE EXAMINED, CHARACTERIZING FAMILY DYNAMICS, AND ABUSE SITUATIONS; PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS CONCERN THE EMOTIONAL STRUCTURE OF ABUSIVE PARENTS, AND ABUSED CHILDREN, AS WELL AS THE POSSIBILITIES FOR INTERVENTION. THE DISCUSSION OF BASIC LEGAL NORMS AND PROCEDURAL ISSUES CENTERS AROUND RECENT MOVEMENTS TO REFORM PARENTS' OBLIGATIONS TO CHILDREN AND THE ENDANGERMENT OF CHILDREN BY ACTIONS CONTRARY TO PARENTAL OBLIGATIONS. ALSO TREATED ARE MATTERS OF PROOF AND PROCEDURAL FORMAT SUCH AS INTERDEPENDENCE BETWEEN CRIMINAL AND GUARDIANSHIP PROCEEDINGS, COOPERATION WITH THE JUVENILE OFFICE, EXPERT OPINIONS, REPRESENTATIVES FOR INVOLVED PARTIES, AND ORAL PROCEEDINGS. AN EXTENSIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY AND NOTES ARE SUPPLIED. --IN GERMAN.
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse and neglect hearings; Child abuse reporting; Child protection services; Germany; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Laws and Statutes
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