Oftentimes child abuse occurs in private, leaving the victim to be the only witness to the crime. Child abuse investigators and prosecutors must find and offer the jury evidence corroborating a victim's or witness’ statements. An investigation that produces corroborating evidence will strengthen the victim's or witness’ credibility, minimize the defendant's desire to go to trial, and will hasten the arrival of justice. The presenter will discuss what to look for and how to identify corroborating witnesses and types of corroborating evidence in physical and sexual child abuse cases. The presenter will also discuss a double-homicide in which a defendant murdered his child and the mother of his child. The presenter will explain the investigative steps taken and the corroborating evidence gathered that led to the defendant admitting his guilt. (Presentation will include some graphic images.)
Identify the different types of corroboration used in child abuse cases and how they can strengthen your case.
Explore the different techniques of interviewing corroborating witnesses, including the suspect/defendant.
Explain how corroboration was implemented in a case involving child sexual abuse.