About Prosecutor Institutes

Zero Abuse Project will work with regional Children’s Advocacy Centers to offer a Prosecutor Institute in each of the four census regions. These institutes will be two-day training institutes for child abuse prosecutors. The first day will cover the following basic topics:


      The Role of the Prosecutor in Aiding the Collection of Corroborating Evidence


      Preparing Children For Court


      Cross-Examination of Defendants and Defense Witnesses


      Opening Statements


      Closing Arguments


The second day of the institute will cover advanced topics selected by the community or state prosecutors hosting the course. Please check back to this page for more information on regional dates.


As part of a cooperative agreement from the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Zero Abuse Project will cover the travel and other expenses of speakers and will not charge any additional fees. However, the selected host site must provide assistance in promoting the event, registering prosecutors, applying for CLEs, and providing an appropriate venue for the training. The venue must be able to accommodate the audience you anticipate attending and must be able to accommodate basic technology (LCD projection, sound system, etc). Unless the host site is funding these expenses, the prosecutors or professionals attending the course are responsible for their own expenses (hotels, meals, travel, etc.)


Advanced Topics

In addition to one day of basic training, the TiPP Prosecutor Institutes will include one day of training on advanced topics selected by the host site. The topics may be selected from the list below. We also welcome suggestions from the association or agency hosting the institute. 

      Investigating and Prosecuting a Case of Child Torture

      Investigating, Prosecuting and Treating Juveniles with Sexual Behavior Problems

      Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Boys—and Explaining these Dynamics to a Jury

      When Indifference is a Crime: Investigating and Prosecuting a Case of Child Neglect

      When a Child Takes it Back: Investigating and Prosecuting a Sexual Abuse Case in which a Child Recants

      When Words Hurt: Investigating and Prosecuting a Case of Psychological Maltreatment

      Investigating and Prosecuting a Child Sexual Abuse Case when the Victim if Pre or Non-verbal

      Specialized Trial Tactics in Serious Physical Abuse and Child Homicide Cases

      Challenging False Defenses in Abusive Head Trauma Cases: Investigative Protocols and Prosecutorial Strategies

      Domestic Violence and Child Abuse: The Interconnection

      When the Smoke Clears: Cross-examining a Defense Expert Critiquing a Forensic Interview

      Pre-Trial Motions in Cases of Child Abuse

      Admitting a Child’s Hearsay Statements Into Evidence

      Jury Selection in Cases of Child Abuse

      Trial Strategies in an Abusive Head Trauma Case

      Recognizing and Responding to the Spiritual Impact of Child Abuse Before, During and After a Forensic Interview

      Investigating and Prosecuting Child Abuse Within a Religious Institution

      Investigating and Prosecuting Technology-Facilitated Crimes Against Children

      Interviewing Victims of Trafficking

      Effective MDT Responses to Physical Abuse Cases Involving Corporal Punishment and a Defense of “Reasonable Force”

      Becoming a Trauma-informed Prosecutor

      Ethics in Prosecuting Child Abuse Cases