Child victims of crime

Do I have to make a statement and answer questions if my child is a victim of crime and the defendant is a family member?
Yes, you do. By law, you are not exempt from testifying when your child is a victim of crime. It is your duty as a parent to protect your child. Your statement will help the police and later the state attorney's office and the court to prevent further abuse, and you will provide help, support and protection to your child.
What are the most common reactions of child victims of crime?
Depending on the age, child victims of violence can have different consequences. Because of feelings of compromised security, children may require constant presence of people who make them feel secure. Mastering the experience of violence, children can imitate scenes of violence in their usual children's play. Children may be distracted or hyperactive and have learning difficulties. They can also be disobedient or aggressive. Sometimes changes in a child's behavior may be less noticeable, for example, the child is shy or withdrawn, but it can also be a consequence of experiencing violence.

Establishing a regular life structure and maintaining a normal routine contribute to building safety in children victims of violence. Consistency and setting boundaries in behavior, praise for positive behavior and acceptance of the child's personality contribute to recovery from the consequences of violence, to increasing confidence and self-esteem as well as to a healthy development of the child.

If parental and other social support is not sufficient to overcome the consequences of surviving violence, professional help should be sought.