David Finkelhor, Ph.D. is Director of Crimes Against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory, Professor of Sociology, and University Professor, at the University of New Hampshire. His core fields of interest have been the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence, which he started to study back in 1977. He is perhaps best known for his conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse, reflected in publications such as Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse (Sage, 1986) and Nursery Crimes (Sage, 1988). He has done extensive research about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer abuse. In his recent work, for example, his book, Child Victimization (Oxford University Press, 2008), he has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed Developmental Victimology. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the US Department of Justice, and a variety of other sources. All together he is editor and author of 12 books and over 200 journal articles and book chapters.
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KEYNOTE: The complex and varied dynamics of sexual abuse and its aftermath: implications for practice
Street connected children and children alienated from their families are so often the victims of sexual abuse from a variety of sources. This presentation talks about the diversity of those dynamics that need to be recognized by practitioners working with such children and their families so that protection and recovery can be facilitated.