Forensic child abuse evaluation: A review

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This review discusses the forensic medical and psychological assessments of children and adolescents suspected of being victims of sexual or physical abuse/neglect. Evaluation of the whole child and the need to minimize trauma during the investigative and assessment processes are stressed. The forensic medical examination is reviewed, including the specifics of the pediatric anogenital examination. The key components of the forensic medical examination in sexual assault cases are also reviewed, with particular attention to maintaining the integrity of the process. Special emphasis is placed on the forensic interview in child sexual abuse cases, the best evidence available and areas in need of further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1138-1147
Number of pages10
JournalMount Sinai Journal of Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Child abuse
  • Child maltreatment
  • Forensic
  • Neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse


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