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September/October 2006
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Child Protection
DMC Conference
NCJFCJ Conference
Adam Walsh Act
Upcoming Events
New Publications
Funding Update
Coordinating Council
Advisory Committee
Staff News

All OJJDP publications (with the exception of some titles in the Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse series) may be viewed and downloaded at ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/publications. Print publications may also be ordered from the Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse (order online at puborder.ncjrs.gov or call 800–851–3420).

Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse: Reprints Released

Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse: Reprints (cover)OJJDP's Portable Guides series provides practical information on investigating child abuse and neglect. Written by nationally recognized experts, the guides are presented in a user-friendly format for quick on-the-job reference by police officers and detectives. The guides are also useful for social workers, physicians, attorneys, and others on the frontlines of reporting, investigating, and prosecuting crimes against children. The series currently includes 14 titles, each addressing a specific topic.

OJJDP recently released reprints of the following guides:

Criminal Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse (NCJ 214371). Describes techniques for conducting an investigation that will successfully support or disprove an accusation of child sexual abuse in a court of law.

Interviewing Child Witnesses and Victims of Sexual Abuse (NCJ 214124). Describes and illustrates practical techniques for interviewing children to elicit useful, factual information.

Photodocumentation in the Investigation of Child Abuse (NCJ 214123). Describes equipment and methods that will help investigators obtain the best possible photographic evidence in child abuse cases.

Recognizing When a Child's Injury or Illness Is Caused by Abuse (NCJ 214125). Provides criteria for determining whether a child's injuries are the result of abuse.

Now Available

AMBER Alert: Best Practices Guide for Public Information Officers. Describes the public information officer's (PIO's) job responsibilities and provides tips to maximize the PIO's effectiveness before, during, and after an AMBER Alert activation. (July 2006, NCJ 212703)

National Evaluation of the Title V Community Prevention Grants Program. Presents findings from a national evaluation of the Title V Community Prevention Grants Program that examined sites in six states. (August 2006, NCJ 212214)

Disproportionate Minority Contact Technical Assistance Manual, 3rd Edition (e-pub)New Online: Updated and Expanded DMC Technical Assistance Manual

Disproportionate Minority Contact Technical Assistance Manual, 3rd Edition, provides detailed guidance on DMC identification and monitoring, assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Its intended audience is Juvenile Justice Specialists, members of State Planning Agencies and State Advisory Groups, DMC researchers and consultants, and policymakers and practitioners involved in the juvenile justice system at the state and local levels. The manual incorporates lessons learned in DMC efforts over the years, bringing states and localities the latest information and tools for understanding and effectively addressing minority overrepresentation in the juvenile justice system.

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