Victor Vieth, JD

Successful prosecution of child abuse requires different approaches than are typically used in response to other forms of crime. A major difference is the critical role that information from a variety of individuals and agencies - law enforcement, child protective services, medical personnel and mental health professionals - plays in building strong child abuse cases. This workshop will support the development of a coordinated multidisciplinary approach to sharing information and establishing responsibilities during investigation and prosecution. In addition, creative methods for finding corroborating evidence in cases of physical and sexual abuse will be described. Finally, techniques for preparing children for court and in successfully testifying will be discussed.