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]
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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