A forensic interview is a neutral, fact-finding interaction conducted by a specially trained interviewer using a multi-disciplinary approach in response to allegations of alleged maltreatment. Children ages 2-17 come to JACY House when there has been a report that the child may have experienced some form of abuse or may have witnessed violence. The forensic interviewer allows the child to tell about the events in a one-on-one discussion with the multi-disciplinary team observing from an adjacent room.  A forensic interview is not an interrogation, but a non-threatening and non-leading interview. The child is given the opportunity to describe events in his or her own words, in a manner that is age and developmentally appropriate to the child.The goal of a forensic interview is to get a statement from a child. The information that the victims/witnesses give supports accurate and fair decision-making in the criminal justice and child welfare systems.

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Forensic Interview

What is a Forensic Interview?

Meet the Interviewers

My name is Courtney McNew. I am the Executive Director at JACY House. I have a passion for helping others and being an advocate for children. I have been a member of this community nearly my entire life, and have always loved non-profit work. When I am not in the office, I am out in nature! I enjoy hiking, camping, and traveling. I love spending time with my friends and cat, Mac. ‚Äč