The Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACES) indicates to us that 66% of children experiencing one adverse childhood experience will be experiencing at least one other. Recognizing the prevalence of polyvictimization, this training will better prepare forensic interviewers to appropriately respond to disclosures of multiple forms of maltreatment in the forensic interview and screen for forms of maltreatment not previously disclosed. In addition, this training specifically looks at research with physical abuse cases and provides suggestions on addressing this form of maltreatment with interviewing strategies.
1. Increase the understanding of how polyvictimization impacts children, families and our cases.
2. Increase the understanding of research relating to physical abuse allegations and children’s disclosures.
3. Practice addressing polyvictimization in the forensic interview through case example exercises.