THE FIRST STEP TOWARD HEALING
Forensic interviews are legally justifiable, fact-finding interviews with a child conducted by specially trained CACCC professionals at the request of law enforcement or the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).
The goal of a forensic interview is to collect vital information from a child in a neutral, non-leading way to be utilized during a child abuse investigation.
Forensic interviews are often the first step toward healing and give children the opportunity to tell their story without fear of disbelief or prejudice. Children are often nervous, afraid, and unsure of what to expect when they come to the Center. More often than not they express a feeling relief and gratitude for being able to talk about their experience of abuse.
One child stated, "You were the first person to actually listen to me and not treat me like a child."