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  NCJ Number: NCJ 233282     Find in a Library
  Title: Toward a Better Way to Interview Child Victims of Sexual Abuse
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  Author(s): Sara Harris
  Journal: NIJ Journal  Issue:267  Dated:Winter 2010  Pages:12 to 15
  Date Published: 2010
  Page Count: 4
  Series: NIJ Journal
  Annotation: This article discusses a study examining the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Investigative Interview Protocol of child victims of sexual abuse.
  Abstract: The findings from the study found that the training and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Investigative Interview Protocol elicit more information from possible child victims. Even though the findings cannot definitively confirm details of what happened, it is clear that after the protocol was introduced prosecutors accepted more cases; and more cases that went to trial resulted in conviction than before the protocol was introduced. Several techniques have been developed for improving the way child victims of sexual abuse are interviewed. One technique that showed promise was the NICHD interview protocol. In a study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), researchers examined the outcomes of cases before and after police detectives were trained on the NICHD Investigative Interview Protocol. The evidence-based nature of the NICHD protocol lends credence to the researchers’ assertion that, when employed by well-trained interviewers, the protocol likely improves the detail and accuracy of information elicited from children. 1 table and 5 notes
  Main Term(s): Child victim interviews
  Index Term(s): Interview and interrogation ; Child abuse investigations ; Child Sexual Abuse ; Criminal justice research ; Police interviewing training ; Police child abuse training ; Child victims ; Crime reporting by children
  Grant Number: 2006-IJ-CX-0019
  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
   
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