Forensic Science in Child Abuse Cases: A Contemplative Look at the Future

Course Description

The purpose of this presentation is to inform audience members about major advances in terms of evidence collection and processing as it relates to instances of child homicide, child sexual abuse, and other forms of child abuse and neglect. Discussions pertaining to advances in the field will be addressed, alongside criticisms of the field and concerns for the future landscape of forensic techniques used to resolve child maltreatment cases.

Learning Objectives

1. Recognize the importance of proper evidence collection and innovations thereof.

2. Understand current, novel methods in body fluid analysis (Forensic Serology).

3. Identify modern and pioneering forensic techniques involving DNA and other genetic targets.

4. Explore current criticisms and challenges to forensics, as well as solutions to ensure a promising future for optimal case resolution.

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