The Emerging Investigative Practice of Tele-Forensic Interviewing: Implications for Children’s Testimony

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Abstract

Safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the release of provisional guidelines for interviewing child witnesses via videoconference applications, and some interview centers became early demonstration sites for tele-forensic interviewing (tele-FI). This chapter discusses four cornerstones that underlie emerging support for tele-FI: investigative challenges predating the pandemic, increased access to and familiarity with digital media, encouraging results from studies that compared children’s performance across face-to-face and tele-FI modes, and the legal defensibility of tele-FI. The future of tele-FI will depend on results from future studies that evaluate children’s and interviewers’ reactions to tele-FI in the field, how tele-FI influences perceptions of child witness credibility and case trajectories, and the impact of tele-FI on the well-being of children, families, and communities served by the practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Law
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages449-463
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780197649169
ISBN (Print)9780197649138
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

Keywords

  • child witnesses
  • children’s testimony
  • forensic interview
  • interviewing children
  • tele-forensic interviewing

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