A child is abused…What is going to happen next? How long will this take? The investigators will interview the alleged perpetrator at a convenient time soon after the incident. Depending on the information they have obtained and his/her responses to the interview, they will proceed as necessary with either further investigation or arrest, if possible. The length of time this investigation takes is completely dependent on information received and the amount of evidence obtained. Then the case will go to the State’s Attorney for review and there will be a discussion at our monthly meeting, at which time the Advocacy Network for Children will contact you with follow-up information to keep you informed.