Forensic Interviews are interviews completed by a trained professional for an investigative agency, such as Department of Social Services or Law Enforcement. The purpose of the interview is to gather legally sound information from a victim or witness in a non-leading and dependable manner while also providing a comfortable and safe environment for the child to disclose.
Forensic Interviewing prevents children from telling their story to multiple involved agencies. Interviews are recorded, and for sexual abuse victims 12 years old and under, they can be shown in court in place of the child testifying. CARE House Interviewers have masters degrees in psychology or social work and are licensed with the state of South Carolina as counselors. Interviewers participate in on-going training and peer review of interviews to ensure quality provision.