Criminal Investigations of Child Abuse

@article{Jones2005CriminalIO,
  title={Criminal Investigations of Child Abuse},
  author={Lisa M. Jones and Theodore P. Cross and Wendy A Walsh and Monique Simone},
  journal={Trauma, Violence, \& Abuse},
  year={2005},
  volume={6},
  pages={254 - 268}
}
This article reviews the research relevant to seven practices considered by many to be among the most progressive approaches to criminal child abuse investigations: multidisciplinary team investigations, trained child forensic interviewers, videotaped interviews, specialized forensic medical examiners, victim advocacy programs, improved access to mental health treatment for victims, and Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). The review finds that despite the popularity of these practices, little… 

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