Having to go up on the witness stand in a courthouse can be a frightening and intimidating time for anyone. For an adult or child that has experienced a traumatic event, it can be even worse.
To lessen the anxieties and tensions in the courtroom, the foundation Courthouse Dogs was created.
According to Ellen O’Neill-Stephens, founder of Courthouse Dogs:
These dogs should be available to any vulnerable witness that would have difficulty talking about what happened. So that could be an adult rape victim or family member who’s child has been murdered and have to testify in court.
These dogs are professionals that have received extensive training.
It is definitely an innovative way to ease the suffering of witnesses, as well as an important tool for assisting in psychological needs throughout the justice system.