The forensic interview helps the investigative team gather information to determine what has happened and what the next steps should be.
Recalling the details of abuse during a forensic interview can be painful. We go to great lengths to limit any additional stress or trauma for the child.
The interview takes place in a comfortable space within our center, and is conducted with compassion and sensitivity by a member of the Child Advocacy Center’s forensic interview team.
Our friendly facility dog, Java, is available to accompany the child and provide comfort while he or she answers questions.
Our forensic interviewers receive specialized training on an ongoing basis and are subject to a structured peer review process to ensure that we continue to meet the high accreditation standards of the National Children’s Alliance.
The interviewer asks questions and gives the child the opportunity to share the facts about what happened to him or her.
It’s a one-on-one interaction. Other members of the investigative team are able to watch the interview from another room and interact with the interviewer through a discreet earpiece in the interviewer’s ear.
This collaborative effort limits the number of interviews that the child must endure and ensures that all members of the investigative team receive the same information for their work on the investigation.