When interviewing someone, it is important to understand the ways in which your questions can influence the information the interviewee provides. In order to give the interviewee space to share everything that they remember – acknowledging the intricacies of memory as explored in previous modules – the interviewer has a responsibility to ask the right kind of questions, in the right order. This module provides insight into how you can structure your interview to make it most effective for your objectives.
In Module 5, you will:
– Learn how to obtain an uninterrupted narrative account of a specific topic
– Discover how to help the interviewee recall specific events
– Learn what you could do/ask in order to obtain necessary details
Guidelines: "Successful Trauma-Informed Victim Interviewing", IACP
If you’re struggling to figure out how to rephrase or pose your questions in a way that respects trauma-informed interviewing principles, this resource explains the reasoning behind reworking questions in different scenarios.