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Prosecution Strategies for Child Abuse Cases with Deaf Victims and Witnesses

Learning to Read the Signs: Prosecution Strategies for Child Abuse Cases with Deaf Victims and Witnesses

This article provides information on the following topics to help prosecutors better prepare themselves in cases involving children who are deaf:


  • Knowing there is a higher Incidence of Abuse of Deaf Children
  • Assessing your Victim’s Communication Skills
  • Safety First- ensuring children are appropriately supported
  • Dedicating Resources for a Full and Thorough Investigation
  • Being Prepared to Educate the Court
  • Trial Issues and Interpretation
  • Child Abuse as the Focus of the Criminal Proceeding
  • Acknowledge Diversity Within the Deaf Community in any Attempts to Reach Out to Deaf Victims and Witnesses

http://www.ndaa.org/pdf/update_vol_18_number_5_2005.pdf