n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Intervention in sexual abuse

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



Intervention in sexual abuse cases has several important purposes: (1) to assess risk to children and to establish a safe family environment; (2) to identify sexual offenders, to hold them accountable and/or to protect the community; and (3) to treat the psychological consequences of abuse experiences and to promote healthy development that will reduce risk for long term negative outcomes. Child protection, criminal justice, and therapeutic interventions may be necessary depending on the individual case circumstances.

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