EMDR and British/Irish law


If a witness asks for therapy during the course of prosecution  You must inform the prosecutor and police of the request.  You must discuss the nature of the therapy with the prosecutor so decisions may be made on how to proceed.  The prosecutor may object to the use of EMDR to process memories that are part of the evidence.  The prosecutor may have no objection to the use of EMDR in developing soothing and safety techniques nor to its use to reduce anxiety when the witness is in court.  Therapy must not take place before the police have undertaken a recorded interview.  if new allegations arise in therapy, treatment must stop so that the witness can make a further statement to the police. [Excerpt]






Charles Burdett

Original Work Citation

Burdett, C. (2011, October). EMDR and British/Irish law. Presentation at the 3rd annual EMDR Autumn Workshop Conference, Durham, England



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