The forensic psychosocial study as a subsidy for the juridical decision in the situation of sexual abuse

This research aimed at deepen knowledge in the Psychology/Law interface, involving an intrafamiliar violence situation. We tried to know the way of thinking of the various actors who participated in the decisions related to a process of sexual abuse committed by a father against two daughters. The context was a criminal court and the method was the case study. The analysis of the results followed the guidelines of the In-Depth Hermeneutics. The results were discussed in accordance with three sets of comprehension of the forensic psychosocial study function: To whom it serves? , When it must be made? And what subsidizes the judicial process: the evaluation report or the study? We came to the conclusion that it is necessary to promote the interaction among the various actors who complement their decisions in order to increase the comprehension of the reality surrounding the situations of familiar violence so that the judicial context may participate in the promotion of citizenship in these cases.

psychology; clinical psychology; forensic psychology; sexual abuse; forensic psychosocial study

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