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Chapter 3: Working with Protective Services and the Police
Child sexual abuse is both a threat to child safety and well-being and a crime. Two separate social institutions are charged with investigating and handling these acts: Child Protective Services (CPS) and the police.
Moreover, beginning in the mid-1980s, virtually every state passed legislation resulting in collaboration between protective services and the police on child sexual abuse cases (National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, 1997, Vol. 5). Thus, the roles of CPS and the police are more interrelated than they were when the first edition of this book was published, and some would argue that their alliance is an uneasy one (Pence & Wilson, 1994). A consequence of these legislative changes ...