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Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2012 May-Jun;20(3):444-52.

Judiciary as the last resort to protect children and adolescents: intersectoral actions, investment in human resources, and structuring of services.

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Faculdade de Enfermagem Nossa Senhora das Gra├žas, Universidade de Pernambuco, Brazil.


This study aimed to identify the work developed by the Judiciary to prevent sexual violence against children and adolescents within the family. The approach to social representations in a cultural perspective was used. The field study consisted in the 1st and 2nd Court of Crimes against Children and Adolescents, at the State Supreme Court of Pernambuco, Brazil. Participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and focus group with 17 subjects were the techniques for data collection, analyzed through the interpretation of meanings, allowing the identification of the category "The Judiciary as the ultimate level" and the following subcategories: "The public policies to prevent violence" and "The structure and dynamics of Courts". This study allows the visualization of the Judiciary's limitations with regard to the full protection and absolute priority, and that the work along with the victims demands investments in structure and human resources.

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