Want a better criminal justice response to rape? Improve police interviews with complainants and suspects

Nina J. Westera, Mark R. Kebbell, Becky Milne

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Abstract

Achieving just outcomes in rape cases is difficult, but there are ways we can improve the investigation and prosecution of these crimes, now. We outline how targeting variables, within control of the criminal justice system, can improve the quality of information police obtain from interviews with complainants and suspects. We explore how, by preserving these accounts on video, the criminal justice process can better use this information to improve effective decision making from investigation through to criminal trial through to prevention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1748-1769
Number of pages22
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume22
Issue number14
Early online date25 Feb 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • rape
  • investigative interviewing
  • criminal investigation

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