Oiling the wheels of justice? The RAPCAN Child Witness Project

  • Fairouz Nagia-Luddy RAPCAN
  • Samantha Waterhouse RAPCAN
Keywords: child court preparation, sexual offence courts, crime, sexual offences, South Africa, witness, victimisation, RAPCAN's Child Witness Project

Abstract

Child court preparation services play a key role in sexual offences courts. These services enhance the ability of child witnesses to testify. This is largely because they support the child, which builds the child's resilience to secondary victimisation and trauma that arise from exposure to the unempathetic systems characteristic of courts. Effective services should, however, draw on a range of disciplines. This article describes the court preparation and support provided by RAPCAN's Child Witness Project and describes the considerations that underpin the services provided.

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Published
2009-03-08
Section
Research articles