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Forensic Interviews

When child abuse is suspected, it is critical to talk to the child about their experience and gather information in an age and developmentally appropriate manner. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hampshire County’s forensic interviews provide children with a safe opportunity to explain what happened to them. The CAC’s goal is to help every child feel as comfortable as possible as the multidisciplinary team determines what the next steps will be in investigating and responding to the allegations

What is a forensic interview and how does it help?

  • Typically involves a child speaking with a Forensic Interviewer while the team members observe the interview through a closed-circuit camera feed.
  • Is designed to make the child feel as comfortable as possible while gathering information to determine what may have occurred.
  • Provides the child an opportunity to talk about the reason for their visit to the CAC.
  • Minimizes the number of times a child is interviewed and limits the number of people who must directly interview a child
  • Is conducted in the child’s primary language, whenever possible. (When unable to conduct a forensic interview in a child’s primary language, an interpreter will assist.)
  • Allows the parent/caregiver to meet and ask questions of the professionals involved with their child
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What should I expect when coming to the CAC for a forensic interview?

Children and families may feel anxious before visiting the CAC for a forensic interview. Knowing what to expect can help.

Steps In The Interview Process

Before The Interview

A Team member will contact you to explain the interview process, answer any questions you may have, and set up a time for your child’s interview.

On the day you arrive at the CAC of Hampshire County for the interview

You will be greeted by an Advocate and oriented to our waiting room and the Center.

While your child is being interviewed

You will be asked to remain in the waiting room. A Family Advocate will meet with you to offer support and referrals for your family.

After the interview

The Forensic Interviewer will bring your child back to the waiting room. The professionals on the Team will meet briefly to discuss the information disclosed in the interview and how they may best help you and your child. You will then be invited to meet with the Team to discuss the interview, next steps, and services you may need or want. You will have plenty of time to ask any questions you may have.

Ongoing follow-up after the interview

The team members begin their respective investigations and responses. You will receive follow-up information regarding the next steps and additional services offered. The Team works together to ensure all of your questions are answered. Do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the team, we are here to help you navigate this process.

24 Hour Hotline:
(800) 792-5200

In Hampshire County, call:


(Amherst, Chesterfield, Cummington,
Easthampton, Goshen, Hadley,
Hatfield, Middlefield, Northampton, Pelham, Plainfield,
Westhampton, Williamsburg, Worthington)


(Huntington, Southampton)


(Belchertown, Granby, South Hadley, Ware)

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