n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Children in court : the role and scope of the support person

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



It is widely accepted that children who testify in court experience some form of trauma related stress caused by the formality of the court experience. The support person has been introduced in some jurisdictions, usually at the discretion of the court, to relieve this stress. This support person should offer comfort and emotional support throughout the child's testimony. In this article the role of the support person is examined on both a national and an international level and issues relating to caution when introducing this individual into the court process are discussed.

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