Join Zero Abuse Project this December for their End of Year Prosecutor Webinar Series, brought to you by the Trauma-informed Prosecutor Project (TiPP), funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Their December Prosecutor Institute promises to be an insightful journey, spanning three weeks and encompassing six crucial topics. To accommodate participants across different time zones, each topic will be presented twice on its designated day. Be sure to register separately for each training session you wish to attend.
Many defense attorneys attempt to deflect juror attention away from a child’s allegations of abuse by attacking the manner in which the child was interviewed. The implicit or explicit claim is that the interviewer purposefully or unwittingly planted the allegation of abuse in the child’s mind. Fearful of the anticipated attack on the investigative interview, some prosecutors decline to file charges in cases involving only eyewitness testimony of a young child. In this workshop students will learn how to successfully defend the investigative interview.
- Gain insight into prevalent defense criticisms regarding the forensic interview.
- Recognize ten specific strategies for effectively cross-examining the defense expert witness.
- Understand how conducting a thorough direct examination of the forensic interview paves the way for a successful cross-examination of the defense expert witness.
Victor Vieth – Chief Program Officer
Victor has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories, and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. Victor gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota, and has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. In 2012, Victor was awarded the Pro Humanitate Award from the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare.
Victor is the Chief Program Officer, Education and Research of the Zero Abuse Project, a 501©(3) public charity based in St Paul, MN, committed to education, training, and survivor support in order to eradicate child sex abuse and remedy its resulting harms. He is the 2018 President of the Academy on Violence & Abuse, and founder of the National Child Protection Training Center. With NCPTC and its partners, Victor has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.