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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Schiller, Ulene
Email schiller@rgbrose.co.za
URN etd-07242006-162500
Document Title Development of a training programme for state prosecutors to address re-victimization of the sexually abused child during forensic procedures
Degree DPhil (Social Work)
Department Social Work
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Dr G M Spies
Keywords
  • Sexual abuse
  • Long-term effects of sexual abuse
  • Person-centred approach
  • Prosecutors
  • Court procedures
  • Impact of sexual abuse
  • Re-victimization
  • Forensic procedures
Date 2006-04-25
Availability unrestricted
Abstract

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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