Forensic Interviews are scheduled by law enforcement and/or DHR investigators when there is an allegation or exposure of child maltreatment or violence, and the investigator needs to hear from the child victim or witness. Forensic interviewers use open-ended, non-leading, and developmentally appropriate questions to help your child’s recall be as detailed as possible. Therefore, no further interviews will be conducted, where the child will have to repeat themselves. The interview is recorded and watched on a closed-circuit television by CAC staff, a DHR worker, and a Law enforcement investigator.
Our forensic interviewers are specially trained by the National Child Advocacy Center to conduct interviews in a child-friendly environment that is safe and comfortable. Forensic interviewers use open-ended, non-leading, and developmentally appropriate questions in order to let your child’s voice be heard. The interview is recorded and watched on a closed-circuit television by CAC staff, DHR workers, and Law enforcement investigators.
Preschool Interviews are similar to Forensic Interviews; however, they are solely based on children who are two years old to six years old. This interview model accommodates a child's specific needs at that developmental level. The preschool forensic interview model incorporates various activities to hold the child's attention, as well as an adjustment to the types of questions and information involved during the interview to best communicate to a child of this age group and developmental level. There are subtle differences in these interviews compared to others, however, these interviews are best for younger children.
Extended Forensic Interview (EFI) is appropriate for children where the results of a single interview are inconclusive or there are severe concerns about the child's ability to participate in a single-session interview. Such children that might be considered for an EFI are a child with developmental delays or cognitive disabilities and highly traumatized children. The EFI interview occurs when a referral is recommended after undergoing an initial forensic interview. The interview is recorded and watched on a closed-circuit television by CAC staff, DHR workers, Law enforcement investigators.