Preventing, investigating child abuse

| September 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Brandy Gray
Army Community Service

Instructors from the Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training Division, located at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., taught child abuse prevention investigative techniques to 32 members from the Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program. SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Instructors from the Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training Division, located at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., taught child abuse prevention investigative techniques to 32 members from the Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program, Department of the Army police, Army Military Police investigators and Marine Corps Criminal Investigations divisions. 

The eight-day course focused on conducting interviews, gathering evidence, ensuring sensitivity to the needs of victims and non-offending parents, and understanding special legal considerations as they pertain to the investigation of child abuse. 

A key part of the training also included child interviews, child abuse crime scenes and psychological aspects of victims and offenders. The role of the investigator, as it relates to the multidisciplinary Family Advocacy Program, was emphasized, too.

Mock crime scenes included environments where a teenager was a rape victim or an infant fatality. Training participants observed and recorded information and evidence in these scenarios.

“The live crime scene investigation … was so real,” said Sharon Anderson, ACS Family Advocacy Program, when asked what her favorite aspect of the training was. “We got to see a different perspective of the different disciplines, in terms of what each (has) to offer to the investigative process and how it all (tied) together.”

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