n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Clinical and forensic interviews and the child witness

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



The purpose of a clinical or therapeutic interview is to provide treatment for the patient whereas that of a forensic or investigative interview is to establish the facts of the incident under investigation. The techniques employed in the cause of a clinical interview do not accord with the requirements of a legal interview and can affect the outcome of a trial. The purpose of the forensic interview is to obtain a truthful account from the child in a manner which will best serve the interests of the child while at the same time being legally acceptable. The phased approach of interviewing is endorsed here as an acceptable method of interviewing children.

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