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Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse

Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse

Third Edition

December 2003 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Without question, the most difficult and complex crime facing America's investigators and prosecutors is the crime of child abuse. The limited language abilities of these victims, the rarity of traditional physical evidence, and the skepticism of the public makes the successful handling of these cases a daunting task.

To assist investigators and prosecutors, APRI's National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse—the nation's premiere trainer of child abuse prosecutors and investigators—presents the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse, Third Edition. Readers of this manual will receive practical, common sense assistance in handling child abuse cases from the initial report to the closing argument at trial. Appendices on the enclosed CD-ROM include hundreds of sample motions and other legal documents that can be adapted to the jurisdiction of individual readers. Now in its Third Edition, the manual contains the latest in case law and research on nearly every facet of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. This is the only book on the market specifically geared to investigators and prosecutors called upon to handle abuse cases.

Child abuse prosecutors and investigators, child protection attorneys, social workers, psychologists, and forensic interviewers, whether new to the field or experts with years of experience, will find this manual invaluable to continued efforts at protecting children in need. University criminal justice and social work departments and law schools will also find this a much-needed addition to course readings and library collections.

List of Figures and Tables
Robert E. Cramer, Jr.
Newman Flanagan
Victor I. Vieth
About the Contributors
Introduction to the Third Edition: The Benefits of Working as a Multidisciplinary Team
Chapter I: Dynamics of Victimization
I. Overview of Victims and Victimization  
II. Indicators of Abuse  
III. Child Development Factors  
IV. Reporting Abuse  
V. Expectations of the Process  
Chapter II: Investigation
I. Interviewing the Child  
II. Assessing Validity in Sexual Abuse Cases  
III. Common Problems Encountered in Intrafamilial Cases  
IV. Interviewing Witnesses in Sexual and Physical Abuse Cases  
V. Additional Investigative Techniques  
VI. Allegations Involving Multiple Victims and Suspects  
VII. Medical Examinations in Sexual Abuse Cases  
VIII. Interrogation of the Suspect  
IX. Child Physical Abuse and Child Homicide  
X. Reference Materials  
Chapter III: Charging, Plea Negotiation, and Disposition
I. Introduction  
II. The Charging Determination  
III. Plea Negotiation  
IV. Sentencing  
V. An Evaluation of the Prosecutor's Office by the Victim  
VI. Resource List  
Chapter IV: Pre-Trial Motions
I. Introduction  
II. Discovery  
III. Additional Defense Pre-Trial Motions  
IV. Motions Regarding Similar Acts  
V. Additional Prosecution Pre-Trial Motions  
VI. Conclusion  
VII. Resource List  
Chapter V: Trial
I. Pre-Trial Preparation  
II. Jury Selection  
III. Opening Statement  
IV. The State's Case  
V. Physical Abuse and Homicide: Special Considerations  
VI. Special Fact Situations in Child Physical Abuse and Homicide Cases  
VII. Rebuttal Evidence  
VIII. Closing Arguments  
IX. Jury Instructions  
Chapter VI: Special Courtroom Procedures
I. Introduction  
II. Use of Electronic Equipment  
III. Courtroom Closure  
IV. Support Persons and Guardians Ad Litem  
V. Other Special Procedures  
VI. Resource List  
Case Index
Appendixes of Prosecutor's Resources Are Available on Packaged CD-ROM
Key features
  • This book is written by top child abuse professionals for front line child abuse prosecutors and investigators.
  • The appendices on the enclosed CD are meant to be adaptable for use in any jurisdiction.

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