Childrens Justice Act
The Children’s Justice Act (CJA), a federal program, provides grants to States to improve the investigation, prosecution and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner that limit additional trauma to the child victim. This also includes the handling of child fatality cases in which child abuse or neglect is suspected.
To be eligible for CJA funds, States are required to establish and maintain a multidisciplinary Task Force on children’s justice. The Task Force is to be comprised of representatives from selected disciplines involved in handling child abuse and neglect cases.
In Wisconsin, the Task Force on Children in Need makes policy and training recommendations regarding methods to better handle these cases with the expectation that it will result in reduced trauma to the child victim and the victim’s family while insuring fairness to the accused. Members of Wisconsin’s Task Force on Children in Need (PDF)
Video Recording Equipment Funding
The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Office of Crime Victim Services (OCVS), has funding available through the Children’s Justice Act (CJA) grant program to support the expansion of child friendly forensic interview access in Wisconsin. Research has shown that the child abuse multidisciplinary team (MDT)/Child Advocacy Center (CAC) model is the best practice for a collaborative, coordinated community response to child abuse and neglect investigations. A forensic interview of a child is a developmentally sensitive and legally sound method of gathering factual information regarding allegations of abuse or exposure to violence. This interview is conducted by a competently trained, neutral professional utilizing research and practice-informed techniques as part of a larger investigative process. The national recommendation is to video record forensic interviews.
Below is a funding opportunity for the development or upgrade of a child-friendly forensic interviewing space. The application is due 2/23/18. Please reach out if you have any questions.
Basic Forensic Interview Training, Appleton
1/10/18 - 1/12/18
Advanced Forensic Interview Training, Appleton
1/17/18 - 1/19/18
We are updating our training model in 2018 for forensic interview trainings to align with a new curriculum and national best practice. We will add trainings here as they are announced. Thank you for your understanding!
*See more OCVS training opportunities for professionals here.