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July 2000Vol. 1, No. 5New Mental Health Guidelines Drafted for Child Victims of Intrafamilial Abuse

Practitioners are encouraged to comment on draft guidelines concerned with the mental health assessment and treatment of child victims of intrafamilial sexual and physical abuse.

The guidelines are intended for use by mental health professionals, victim/witness personnel, family/juvenile court judges, and child welfare personnel. They were developed under a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime of the U.S. Department of Justice by the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center of the Medical University of South Carolina and the Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress at the Harborview Medical Center.

The guidelines are intended to help professionals by:

  • Serving as a standard by which to judge practice
  • Translating current research into practical recommendations for treatment.

Treatment protocols are described in detail and grouped as follows:

  • Child-focused interventions
  • Parent, parent-child, and family focused interventions
  • Offender focused interventions.

The Office for Victims of Crime welcomes comments on the draft guidelines, which are posted on the website of the Crime Victims Center at the Medical University of South Carolina at:

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For an article on another set of resources for professionals who assess and treat children with sexual behavior problems, read "HHS-Funded Research on Children With Sexual Behavior Problems" in the March issue of the Children's Bureau Express.