New interview system with child victims is proving useful

Cache County’s victims advocates helped 12 or 13 crime victims when they started 19 years ago but Terryl Warner said that number has grown to a total of 3700 victims over the last year. Warner gave her annual report to the Cache County Council, noting that Victim Services operates on a grant and not taxpayer money.

Warner said the mission is to help victims of crime through the court process and help them retrieve any money they have coming. Warner said a new kind of interview is now being used for child victims.

“Law enforcement is using a method where we give people a chance to have a sleep cycle break,” Warner explained. “They’ll be interviewed, they’ll get a sleep cycle break, then get interviewed again.

“We’re finding that is absolutely critical for trust between a law enforcement officer and the victim, as well as helping us on the prosecution side.”

She said another help is the implementation of lethality tests. They help determine if there is enough danger for the victim that he or she should be sheltered in a domestic violence situation.

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