Key Questions and Issues for Interviewers

Were there prior acts or allegations by this or other perpetrators against this


How does the suspect treat other household members and pets?

Who did child tell first? Who did child tell at any point?

How did that person react?

Was child afraid to tell?

What other kinds of abuse occurred?

When did it occur?

Any other victims?

In order to determine “when,” link your questions to the child’s activities to

clarify dates and times, for example “after lunch,” “before the bus arrived,”

“after the Mickey Mouse show.”

Ask the care provider (parent, other adults in the household) about changes

in activities, mood or behavior since the event or prior to the event.

Baladerian, N.J., Heisler, C., & Hertica, M. (n.d.) Child abuse victims with disabilities: A curriculum for law  enforcement first responders and child protective services frontline workers-participant manual.  California: Child abuse and neglect disability outreach program of arc riverside. Retrieved from