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I recently received an email from someone who wrote that peer-reviewed studies have shown that when children testify by closed circuit tv (i.e., do not testify from the stand in the courtroom), it biases j...
Kim
03/27/2008
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03/27/2008
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END GUEST HOST SESSION - Thank you for participating in OVC’s Web Forum Guest Host Session Series. We hope this discussion will help you better serve crime victims. Please continue to discuss this an...
OVCRC
03/26/2008
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How effective is having children draw their family portraite in a custody or child abuse case?
Marie Daramy
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/27/2008
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I am brand new to my Victim Advocate position, and I just began to see clients. Is there a right or wrong way in preparing a victim for testimony? Or what methods have been most successful in preparing the...
KL
03/26/2008
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Vli
01/05/2009
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Victor Vieth
03/27/2008
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Do you have any suggestions that are specifically targeted at preparing persons (including children) with mental disabilities for court? Particularly when we have a sexual assault charge, we are required ...
Dennis Dunn
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/27/2008
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Can you help me so that when I appear in court I can present my observations and analysis? Some of the time their are objections that what is said in session with my clients is hearsay. I want to know the ...
ricardo
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
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Recently, I was asked ("could your work with the children be considered Psychological preparation for court?") Some attorneys do not want the child to be prepared, through therapy, for th...
Patti
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/27/2008
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Sometimes during forensic interviews, older children and teens will ask about what happens next. As forensic interviewers, is there anything specific we should be telling the older kids and teens who do no...
Sarah
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/27/2008
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Constantly asking a person to prepare themselves and retell their stories as court dates approach and get pushed back time and time again is not healthy, however, it is important to adequately prepare indi...
Kaela
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/27/2008
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If the defense and the judge allows it, how do you feel about letting the child who is testifying, have someone they trust sit next to them in the witness box/area. Thank you! Investigator Vicky Moreno, G...
Vicky Moreno
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/27/2008
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Concerning Coporal Punishment, can children differentiate between a spanking and a beating of violence, if the action left no evidence, marks or bruses, broken bones or other mental conditions that will pe...
Marie Daramy
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/27/2008
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Since Crawford, we have to put every child victim on the stand. Our judges, however, find that (in and of itself) sufficient for "opportunity for cross" even when the child freezes. Wha...
M Williams
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
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As an advocate in the District Atty Office, I just started working with children who have to testify in court. Working with children has never been my area of expertise, but I do want to be able to provide...
Ms. Noguera
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
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I have discovered limited resources in helping to prepare children for court. What materials, i.e. coloring books, videos, games, etc. would you suggest to utilize in preparing child for testimony?
Crystal
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/27/2008
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Could you address the current state of privacy shields and closed circuit television for use in open court settings when questioning child witnesses? How is the balance maintained between victim privacy an...
Kelli Callahan
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/26/2008
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1. What is the most challenging aspect about having a child testify? 2. Have you recognized errors made in their recollection of data? 3. What factor best determines whether the child is able to test...
Trista
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/26/2008
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What are the guidelines related to Victim Advocates testifying in court and speaking at the sentencing?
Kathy Pfisterer
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/26/2008
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When seeing their abuser for the first time in Court, we've noted that many of our victims either freeze up (like a rabbit in the headlights) or downplay their abuse experience out of fear or the rekindlin...
Kathryn
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/26/2008
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To prepare a child victim for court, my current practice is to: allow them to watch their (previously) taped interview as often as they feel they need to; allow them to sit in various chairs in the courtro...
Vicky Moreno
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/26/2008
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M Williams
03/26/2008
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How do you prepare a child for testifying when there is very little support from family? I am a victim advocate in the DA's office and I often feel like I'm swimming upstream.
Cyndi Keller
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/26/2008
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Please address confidentiality issues and subpoenas (including VAWA 2005 provisions) for domestic violence victim advocates who work with families involved with child protective services. We have domestic ...
Annie Neal
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/26/2008
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Mr. Vieth, I have heard that your training is incredibly effective. In Massachusetts we have developed a network for law enforcement, adult protective service agencies, and direct care providers to work t...
Diane Meehan
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/26/2008
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I know that the prevailing wisdom for many years now has been to limit the number of interviews for child victims by co-interviewing and simply keeping them to minimum. However, what concerns me is that ...
Dennis Dunn
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/26/2008
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Please help us with some responses (and guidelines) that can be used by professionals who are bound by law to confidentiality on certain issues ... as victim service providers, we may surely want to testif...
Susan
03/26/2008
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Victor Vieth
03/26/2008
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START GUEST HOST SESSION - The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is pleased to welcome Victor Vieth to the OVC Web Forum. He is available to answer your questions on best practices for preparing victim ser...
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