The APSAC Advisor is a peer reviewed quarterly news journal for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect.
The APSAC Advisor provides succinct, data-based, practice-oriented articles that keep interdisciplinary professionals
informed of the latest developments in policy and practice the field of child maltreatment. It is designed to highlight
best practices in the field and publish original articles and current information about child maltreatment for professionals
from a variety of backgrounds including medicine, law, law enforcement, social work, child protective services, psychology,
public health and prevention in the U.S.
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2003 Number 3
The growth of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in the United States has been extraordinary. These innovative programs work to improve child abuse investigations and reduce stress on children and families. CACs aim to eliminate repetitive interviews for child victims, provide a child-friendly environment for the investigation, use well-trained interviewers, and coordinate forensic investigations by multiple agencies (Sheppard & Zangrillo, 1996).
Two risk factors have appeared particularly important in terms of strength of association with child physical abuse and neglect: poverty, especially receipt of public assistance (e.g., Brown, Cohen, Johnson, & Salzinger, 1998), and substance abuse (e.g., Chaffin, Kelleher, & Hollenberg, 1996).
The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Stogner v. California. The case involves the constitutionality of an extended statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, which allows cases to be prosecuted within one year of being reported to the police, despite the fact that the original limitations period has run.
The purpose of Journal Highlights is to alert readers to current literature on child abuse. Selected articles from journals representing the variety of disciplines reflected in APSAC's membership are presented in the form of an annotated bibliography.