Legal interventions in child sexual abuse cases include those of law enforcement, child protective services, juvenile court, prosecuting attorney, and the criminal court. Because these agences are accustomed to operating in traditional and separate spheres, child sexual abuse cases present a special challenge. Far too often these several arms of the government which intervene in the life of a child and her family are uncoordinated and may even move at odds with one another. Legal interventions are more likely to be successful (as measured by gaining court jurisdiction or criminal convictions when sought, protecting the child from further abuse from the perpetrator, and avoiding system-inflicted trauma) where a comprehensive coordinated community policy about handling child sexual abuse cases is developed. Clearly spelling out the roles of each of the agencies and institutions and developing protocols which establish the responsibilities of the various actors increase the likelihood that whatever intervention is pursued is a well considered and coordinated one. A coordinated community plan requires the support of judges and lawyers and the development of new techniques for handling child sexual abuse cases in the legal system.
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- Legal Interventions
Donald N. Duquette
- Macmillan Education UK
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