UA-174898256-1 Crimes Against Children Research Center

About CCRC

About the CCRC

Challenges to Law Enforcement

The investigation and prosecution of crimes involving children and adolescents pose special challenges for law enforcement--problems related to the immaturity of children, their vulnerability to intimidation,  the prejudices of judges and juries, and the frequent involvement of family members as perpetrators.

The justice system has contact with juvenile victims in five main contexts, sometimes explicitly in the  role of victim and sometimes in other roles:

The passage of young victims through the justice system at these various levels provides opportunities to  identify them and provide them with help. The CCRC is committed to develop knowledge that will  assist the creation of appropriate programs and policies for these young people.