Children may be asked to testify in court against the alleged perpetrators of abuse and neglect.
Children as Victims, Witnesses, and Offenders: Psychological Science and the Law
Bottoms, Najdowski, & Goodman (2009)
Discusses the capacities, competencies, and vulnerabilities of child victims, the reliability of children's abuse disclosures and testimonies, and the psychological effects of trauma and legal involvement on children.
Children's Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice
Westcott, Davies, & Bull (Eds.) (2002)
An overview of current research and practice regarding child witnesses, with recommendations for professionals in the fields of forensic psychology, criminal justice, and child welfare.
Family Violence Litigation: Protecting the Child and Preparing Your Case -Family Violence Cases
ABA Center on Children and the Law
Child Law Practice, 21(11), 2003
How legal advocates can protect child witnesses throughout the court process.
Legal and Social Issues Surrounding Closed-Circuit Television Testimony of Child Victims and Witnesses
Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 8(3), 2003
Describes the various court procedures that have been implemented in the United States in an effort to minimize trauma or psychological or emotional harm.
Questions and Answers: The Credibility of Child Witnesses in the Context of Specific Questioning Techniques
Fivush, Peterson, & Schwarzmueller (2002)
In Memory and Suggestibility in the Forensic Interview
Findings support the conclusion that open-ended who, what, where, and when questions result in the most accurate reports from children.