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The need for effective communication skills in the medico-legal management of child sexual assault victims: observations from the Sri Lankan context

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H Jean M Perera ,

Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Piyanjali De Zoysa

Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Abstract

The medico-legal management of child sexual assault victims consists of a detailed history taking, physical examination, photography, obtaining forensic samples, proper documentation, explaining the findings to the victim and guardians, and further referral, if needed. Forensic Medical Examiners (FME) who carry out the above functions greatly benefit by having effective communication skills. In fact, these communication skills are and should be an essential component in the skill repertoire of FMEs. Lack of such effective communication skills can lead to repercussions not only to the child but for the doctor himself.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljfmsl.v3i1.4948

Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science & Law-May 2012-Vol.3 No.1 pp.16-19

How to Cite: Perera, H.J.M. & De Zoysa, P., (2012). The need for effective communication skills in the medico-legal management of child sexual assault victims: observations from the Sri Lankan context. Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science & Law. 3(1), pp.16–19. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljfmsl.v3i1.4948
Published on 27 Nov 2012.
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