Forensic interviewing is at the heart of helping children at Hope House.
What is a forensic interview?
It is performed by a professional who is trained in the complex dynamics of child abuse, the developmental issues of children, and the appropriate way to ask questions in a neutral, non-leading manner.
It is a fact-finding conversation to determine if a child has been abused. A forensic interview discovers the child’s reality about their experience.
How does an interview help children?
The interview is recorded in order to reduce the need for the child to relive the trauma by repeating the information to multiple agencies. These recorded interviews are one of the most effective and reliable ways to present the findings to the investigative team and to the court in order to provide justice for a child.