Synopses & Reviews
This ground-breaking text examines the legal contexts in which child abuse can be handled, including the criminal, juvenile, domestic relations, and civil courts. The authors focus on the legal rules in each type of proceeding and the ways in which the law has changed to accommodate the special needs of children in the last fifteen years. Case studies provide examples and help identify the most important issues of child abuse facing the legal system. Child abuse is now a major part of the American legal landscape, involving not only the courts but also the law enforcement and child protection agencies. This is the first text for classroom use to systematically examine the fate of children in the legal system.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-283) and index.
Table of Contents
1. Scope and Historical Overview. 2. Types of Child Abuse and Neglect. 3. Roles of Professionals Involved. 4. Who Speaks for the Child? 5. Juvenile Court: The Child Protective Functions. 6. Domestic Relations Court. 7. Criminal Court and Child Abuse. 8. Civil Court: Recovering Damages and Changing the System. 9. The Relationship of Different Legal Proceedings. 10. The Child Witness. 11. Confrontation. 12. Hearsay Evidence and the Child Witness. 13. Expert Witnesses. 14. "Fetal Abuse." 15. Other Developments.