Often childcare dogs

During the audition, the dog lies down next to the child, rests his head on his lap, and can stick more or less tightly against him. 305686829 / VLRS – stock.adobe.com

They are trained to accompany and appease minors interviewed by investigators. Six are now employed in France.

At the Saint-Lô hospital in the English Channel, the team of the medical-judicial unit (UMJ) has just expanded. Douceur, serenity, empathy … The new recruitment of exceptional qualities. Beautiful bitten eyes, too, and a jet-black coat: Ravel is a 2-year-old Labrador whose mission, alongside psychologists and investigators, is to support child and adolescent victims in their legal careers. of violence.

In fact, six legal aid dogs are employed in France. An innovative device, imported from the United States, supported by the Department of Justice, the associations Handi’Chiens and La Voix de l’enfant, which seems to work miracles.

Sharp training

Every year, some 250 minors are heard in the UMJ in Saint-Lô, mainly for sexual violence. “It simply came to our notice thenemphasizes Émilie Morançais, psychologist and main referent …

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