What is a forensic interview?

A forensic interview is a recorded interview with someone who is suspected to be a victim or witness to a crime.

What is the purpose of a forensic interview?

There are two simultaneous goals to a forensic interview. The first and most important is to minimize any additional trauma to your child. Forensic interviews are meant to minimize the number of interviews your child must have and collect information in a way that is sensitive to your child’s developmental level, current emotional state, and any additional important family dynamics. The second goal is to gather as much legally defensible information as possible. This is accomplished through creating an environment that is safe, neutral, and family-friendly.

What can I expect when I bring my child for an interview?

Members of the investigative team will be on hand to answer your questions and explain the process.

What should I tell my child about his/her upcoming interview?

Typically, it is recommended that you share very little about the process, other than to tell them that they “will be talking to a nice lady” or “safe person.” However, only you know your child best, so please use your judgement in deciding how much or little to share with your child.