Forensic interviewers are responsible for interviewing many types of victims in special cases, such as victims of child abuse, witnesses of violent crimes, and criminal suspects, and these interviewers must have the mental strength to handle stressful situations in a calm and rational manner.
This work is typically performed indoors, but may require some outdoor work if some victims feel more comfortable being interviewed in open environments. Some travel is required to meet with potential interviewees, and these interviewers also work directly with Child Protective Services and the non-offending family members of victims or witnesses to provide support and comfort. They also work with law enforcement and the district attorney's office to facilitate communication and the effective prosecution of legal matters.
Forensic interviewers work on multi-disciplinary teams with other employees to provide support and assistance, such as to support victims in courtrooms and trials. They also perform assessments of victims' needs and complete outgoing paperwork to determine outcomes for victims of abuse or neglect and connect them to community services and programs. The ability to speak a second language, particularly Spanish, is highly beneficial for this position, and a bachelor's degree is generally required while employers may prefer those who have a master's degree and a background in social services.