Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the release of a Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit. Developed by the Attorney General’s Criminal Division, the toolkit equips Kentucky prosecutors with best practices and resources to prosecute child abuse cases.
The toolkit provides a roadmap for prosecutors to follow when they receive a child abuse or neglect case and walks prosecutors through conducting the investigation, interviews of the victim of witnesses, and trial preparation. Topics such as charging strategies, pre-trial and trial issues, and trauma-informed prosecution are also covered. In addition, applicable case law and statutes for reporting requirements, victim notification, discovery, indictment, and other issues are included to provide a quick reference for prosecutors.
The manual is accompanied by resources that will be available on the Attorney General’s website for easy viewing and download. These resources include sample motions, opening statements, medical release forms, and social media law enforcement guides that can be customized by prosecutors for use in obtaining discovery and preparing for trial.
The toolkit highlights the importance of cooperation in addressing incidences of child abuse by encouraging collaboration between stakeholders, including the Commonwealth’s and County Attorneys, social workers, physicians, and advocates. The toolkit aims to support prosecutors as they work to protect Kentucky children from abuse. The toolkit is part of a larger effort to end child abuse in the Commonwealth.
This was reported by The Kentucky Attorney General on October 28, 2020.
Contact information: Elizabeth Kuhn, Office of Attorney General Daniel Cameron, 700 Capital Avenue, Suite 118, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; 502-696-5300; Fax: 502-564-2894; Website: ag.ky.gov/about/Office-Divisions/OCAHTPP/Pages/default.aspx