Police interviewing of sexual assault victims: Current organizational responses and recommendations for improvement

Nina J. Westera, Martine B Powell, Rebecca Milne, Jane Goodman-Delahunty

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of police organizational approaches to enhancing the quality of evidence obtained from adult and child victims of sexual assault, and reviews the degree to which actual organizational strategies are aligned with the guidance on what constitutes recommended (ideal) practice. The long-standing gap between best practice interview technique – as taught in training curricula – and actual practice in the field is a dominant theme in contemporary interviewing research. Based on our understanding of current research on investigative interviewing as well as international police interviewer training practices, we provide an overview of key criteria for evidence-based practice along with a list of common limitations that inhibit adherence to best interviewing practice. The chapter is structured around four main elements that are essential for promoting good interviewing. These elements include: (a) an evidence-based interview framework, (b) opportunities for skill development, (c) quality assurance for interviewer and organizational performance, and (d) a reliable method of recording verbal evidence
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge international handbook of legal and investigative psychology
EditorsRay Bull, Iris Blandon-Gitlin
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter12
Number of pages15
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9780429326530
ISBN (Print)780367345570
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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