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Facility Dogs in the Courtroom: Comfort Without Prejudice?

What is a courthouse facility dog?

Courthouse facility dogs are professionally trained dogs working throughout the country in prosecutor’s offices, child advocacy centers, and family courts. They primarily provide a calming influence for children during stressful legal proceedings.

As legally neutral companions for witnesses during the investigation and prosecution of crimes, these dogs help the most vulnerable witnesses feel willing and able to describe what happened. The dogs also provide emotional support to participants in family court proceedings and in specialty/treatment courts.

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Courthouse facility dog Petra and young girl.

These programs make a difference

In Texas, a frightened little girl who had been sexually abused was brought to a child advocacy center to tell a stranger about what happened to her. When the forensic interviewer left the room for a moment to speak with detectives, the child hugged Petra and said,

I love you, Petra. You really are a good dog. I’ve told you more than I’ve ever told anybody. I hope when you die, you go to heaven.”

These programs work

Courthouse facility dogs provide a compassionate way to help traumatized victims tell their stories. Because of the success of this program, more participants in law enforcement and the judicial system are recognizing its value and seeking information about how to get started.

For people interested in starting a courthouse facility dogs program in your organization, we can help you:

Educate decision makers about the benefits of a courthouse dog program.

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Learn how to acquire the right kind of dog for your organization.

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Ensure you’re working with the dog in the most effective ways.

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Teach others in your organization how to work with the dog.

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Our best practices manual

This manual provides information about: starting a courthouse facility dog program in your organization; using courthouse facility dogs at a children’s advocacy center; and using courthouse facility dogs in the courtroom

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News

  • Facility Dogs in the Courtroom: Comfort Without Prejudice?

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  • NDAA 2018 Resolution on Courthouse Facility Dogs

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  • Courthouse Facility Dog Resolution of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

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  • The Child Witness in the Courtroom

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  • Meet the dog that comforts children who testify in court (Colorado)

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  • Meet the first full-time court dog in the state (Missouri)

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  • For child sex abuse victims, court can be another place to feel unsafe (Massachusetts)

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  • Boulder’s Blue Sky Bridge uses facility dog to comfort child victims (Colorado)

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  • Developmentally and Trauma-Sensitive Courtrooms

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