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Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse
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Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse

Third Edition


December 2003 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
To assist investigators and prosecutors, APRI's National Centre for prosecution of Child Abuse - the US premier trainer of child abuse prosecutors and investigators - presents the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse, Third Edition. Readers of this manual will recieve practical, common sence 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 manual on the market specifically geared to front line investigators and prosecutors called upon to handle abuse cases.
 
List of Figures and Tables
Robert E. Cramer, Jr.
Foreword
Newman Flanagan
Preface
Victor I. Vieth
Acknowledgments
 
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
 
Index
 
Appendixes of Prosecutor's Resources Are Available on Packaged CD-ROM

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