• July 2007
  • Vol. 8, No. 6

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Forensic Interviewing of Children With Disabilities

Two new resources are available to professionals who conduct forensic interviews with children with disabilities.

The National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA) newsletter, Update, published a two-part article on this topic. Part 1 discusses the need to gather specific information about the child's abilities and needs prior to the interview. Part 2 discusses issues to consider during and after the interview, including developmental screening, suggestibility, corroboration, and preparing for court.
www.ndaa.org/publications/newsletters/update_vol_19_number_1_2006.pdf (PDF - 156 KB)
www.ndaa.org/publications/newsletters/update_vol_19_number_2_2006.pdf (PDF - 156 KB)

The Office for Victims of Crime within the U.S. Department of Justice released a new video, Victims with Disabilities: The Forensic Interview—Techniques for Interviewing Victims With Communication and/or Cognitive Disabilities. The 57-minute DVD provides a specific set of guidelines for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim advocates, forensic interviewers, and others for interviewing adults and children with communication and/or cognitive disabilities. An interactive discussion guide including a complete transcript of the DVD and a glossary of terms and concepts used in the film is also available.
www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/publications/infores/other.htm#forensicinterview

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