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The Role of First Responders in Child Maltreatment Cases: Disaster and Nondisaster Situations
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau. Cage, Richard., Salus, Marsha K.|
|Year Published: 2010|
Interviewing Nonoffending Adults1
Questions about the child:
- What did the child say about the maltreatment?
- Has the child exhibited any unusual behaviors before or after the disclosure of maltreatment? If yes, please describe the unusual behaviors.
- Has the child been abused or neglected previously or had allegations of abuse been reported to child protective services before? If yes, what happened before, or what did the child say previously?
- What else is going on in the child's life?
- (If sexual abuse) What type of exposure has the child had to sexual material (e.g., movies, television, magazines, computer images)?
- What is the child's medical history?
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Questions about the alleged offender:
- What was the alleged offender's reaction to the allegations?
- Has the alleged offender made any statements about the allegations?
- Does the alleged offender have a history of drug or alcohol abuse?
- (If sexual abuse) Does the alleged offender have scars, tattoos, or birthmarks? (This can help corroborate the victim's statement.)
- (If sexual abuse) Has the alleged offender ever had a sexually transmitted disease?
- What is the alleged offender's medical history?
- (If sexual abuse) Does the alleged offender use pornography, sexual aids or implements, or birth control devices, or engage in unusual sexual practices?
- Have prior accusations been made against the alleged offender?
Questions about the relationship between the child and the alleged offender:
- Can you describe the relationship between the child and the alleged offender? Are there any problems between them?
- Can you think of any reason why the child would lie about the alleged offender?
- How much time does the alleged offender spend alone with the child? When has he spent time with the child? Can anyone else verify this?
- What types of discipline do you and the alleged offender consider appropriate?
- Who in the family has child care responsibilities?
- What are the alleged offender's child care responsibilities?
- How are cultural beliefs incorporated in family functioning?
- What role does religion play in the family? How does it affect child-rearing practices?
- What are the sleeping arrangements in the home?
- How are decisions made in the family? Who usually makes decisions about the children?
- How does the family communicate? How is affection expressed?
1Cage, R. L., & Pence, D. M. (1997). Criminal investigation of child sexual assault. Portable guide to investigating child abuse. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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