Child Eyewitness Testimony in Sexual Abuse Investigations
This book is written for professionals to whom a child may disclose allegations of sexual abuse or who may be responsible for the investigation of children's allegations. It presents a cross-section of relevant research and practical suggestions to guide the forensic investigation. The first part of the book provides an overview of the forensic process and relevant rules of evidence. The second part of the book defines basic competencies and support systems that the forensic investigator should have. The final chapter identifies research needed to improve our understanding of sexual abuse, to improve the assessment process, and to facilitate more efficacious treatment strategies.
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The Nature of Memory
The Effects of the Forensic Process Upon
Special Issues in Sexual Abuse Investigations
The NonleadingLeading Continuum
Basic Competencies and Support Systems
Background Information Defining
Common Issues in Sexual Abuse Investigations
Assessing Credibility and Validity
Four Steps to the Final Decision
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