Forensic Interviews

A neutral, child-friendly method to learn what may have occurred

Forensic interviews are provided in a safe, child-friendly environment by specially trained professionals.

A forensic interview is a neutral, fact-finding interview utilized when there is a concern for abuse. A forensic interview provides a comfortable, unbiased, child-friendly setting and uses non-suggestive, non-leading interview techniques. All of Dee Norton’s therapists are trained in evidence-based techniques for interviewing children. Through coordination of services with our community partner agencies, care is taken to minimize the number of interviews a child receives and optimize the child’s comfort level. When the Center opened in March of 1991, it was anticipated that 200 children and their families annually would be seen. Currently, the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center serves over 1,800 children and their families each year.

26%

Percent of children are referred related to sexual abuse concerns.

1439

Forensic interviews provided in 2016

36%

Percent of children are referred related to physical abuse concerns