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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.