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||Development of a training programme for state prosecutors to address re-victimization of the sexually abused child during forensic procedures
||DPhil (Social Work)
|Dr G M Spies
- Sexual abuse
- Long-term effects of sexual abuse
- Person-centred approach
- Court procedures
- Impact of sexual abuse
- Forensic procedures
In this study the researcher developed a training programme for state prosecutors to address re-victimization of the sexually abused child during forensic procedures. The study commenced with a literature study focusing on the following aspects:
- Person-centred approach as scientific foundation for the work with sexually abused children during forensic procedures.
- Sexual abuse and the long-term effects thereof.
- Addressing re-victimization of the sexually abused child during forensic procedures.
After finalizing the literature study, the researcher did the empirical study, which was a combined qualitative-quantitative study. The researcher started with the qualitative study, where prosecutors dealing with sexual abuse cases were interviewed to determine their training needs. After their training needs were determined a training programme was compiled. This training programme formed part of the quantitative study and was implemented during a training session for prosecutors at the Justice College in Pretoria. The programme was also evaluated making use of a pre- and post-test questionnaire to determine whether there was a knowledge improvement after the presentation of the programme.
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