Handling of digital evidence to serve child survivors of abuse

Over 700,000 children survive sexual abuse and neglect every year in the US, and more than 900 Child Advocacy Centers serve their needs. The first step in the process is the recording of forensic interviews to inform healing and the service of justice, without re-traumatizing the victim through retelling the story. These pieces of digital evidence need maximum security and privacy.
People Impacted
$ 1.7T
Potential Funding
I have this challenge
the problem
Nature and Context

A critical element of the case management process is the video recording of over 330,000 forensic interviews each year in the U.S. The forensic interview is a critical first step, and it serves two purposes:

  • Minimizing victims' trauma in the retelling of their stories to the individuals and institutions that become part of their healing process.

  • Serving as evidence for the judicial system handling the case and hopefully taking care of stopping yet another child or family member suffering a similar experience.

The growth of video evidence aligns with the digitization of modern society. The 94 Federal Judicial Districts process over 400,000 civil and criminal cases relating to child abuse each year alone. To that effect, over 50 million cases are handled at the state level.

Symptoms and Causes

The lack of up-to-date technology brings with it a host of issues including high operating costs, the loss of institutional knowledge, potential harm to the justice process, and a loss of insights from data.

the impact
Negative Effects

High Operating Costs

  • Child abuse cases take, on average, three years to go to trial. This requires years of physical storage space that brings with it associated operating costs.

  • Evidence handling in the form of travel and shipping costs increase the dollar amount spent by municipalities and governments in the pursuit of administering justice.

  • Translations and transcripts can take up to weeks, which inhibits the transmission of information critical to the healing process and the pursuit of justice.

Institutional Knowledge is Lost

  • The sharing and coordination of any new methodologies, processes, or interview improvements from forensic interviewers that assist the multidisciplinary team to help children across the 920+ Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) nationwide is compromised by a lack of scalable technology.

Serving Justice is Affected

  • Cases are all-too-often dismissed from the mishandling of physical evidence, evidence deterioration over time, and a lack of ability to control who has access to what.

Data Cannot Be Turned into Information and Knowledge

  • Patterns that can help law enforcement, the judicial system, and healing teams are hidden in the absence of structured data in a central repository where basic machine learning and AI algorithms could be applied.

who benefits from solving this problem
Organization Types
  • Child advocacy centers

  • Judicial systems

  • Law enforcement organizations

  • Victims and survivors of abuse and neglect

  • Child Advocacy Centers (CACs)

  • Families

  • Law enforcement agencies

  • Judicial systems

Ideas Description


VidaNyx digital evidence collaboration software was created to manage, control access to, collaborate on, and store in a secure and compliant way forensic interviews and other sensitive digital and video evidence related to the abuse and neglect of children.

  • Any standard video format can be uploaded to a cloud-solution built on AWS, for ease of management, storage, and analysis.

  • 13 layers of security built-in, with complete digital Chain of Custody log, automated closed-captions, and transcriptions.

  • At a fraction of the cost of handling DVDs and tapes, faster and more secure.

  • Aggregated data at scale unleashes the potential of Digital Video Evidence to serve justice and healing.

  • Prosecutors & Therapists excited about this solution helping to speed intervention, protect litigation, and ensure secure resolution.

  • Protecting vulnerable testimonials of child survivors

  • Accelerating access to evidence to further support justice and healing

  • Enhancing collaboration potential of multidisciplinary teams

  • Augmenting learning and practice of forensic interviewing

  • Saving time and money

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