Outcry Witness Law and Legal Definition

Outcry witness typically refers to an adult who hears a child's outcry regarding the child's abuse. The outcry witness is obligated to report the abuse to the proper authorities. In a trial, discovery may include preparation of a videotaped statement by the alleged victim, and examination of any written statements by the alleged victim, the outcry witness, and any other alleged witnesses. The outcry witness is the person who first hears an allegation of abuse by the child or other victim of abuse or sexual crime.