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May 2000Vol. 1, No. 3Website Supports Criminal Justice Professionals Involved With Child Abuse and Neglect Issues

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) released a new home page to help in meeting its goals of (1) reducing and preventing crime, violence, and drug abuse and (2) improving the functioning of the criminal justice system. Two databases are particularly useful to criminal justice professionals involved with child abuse and neglect issues.

BJA's Virtual Information Center allows users to search for criminal justice grants and funding, publications, training and technical assistance, links to related websites, and evaluations. For example, several grants are described for closed-circuited televising of child abuse victim testimony in Georgia, New Mexico, and Ohio. Current funding opportunities also include a specialized foster care court in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and for court-based services to abused or at-risk children and adolescents nationwide.

The Law Enforcement Training Database provides a complete listing of federally funded trainings available for State and local law enforcement agencies nationwide. Some of the trainings categorized as "juvenile issues" are:

  • Basic Child Abuse Investigation
  • Child Abuse and Exploitation Investigative Techniques
  • Child Abuse and Exploitation Team Investigative Process
  • Child Sexual Exploitation Investigations
  • Collection and Preservation of Forensic Evidence in Child Abuse Cases

A link to a separate Evaluation website provides assistance in developing and enhancing evaluation capabilities at the State and local levels. It contains instructional materials, a glossary, a bibliography of evaluation materials, evaluation reports, and useful links.

Access the BJA home page at: