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dc.contributor.authorWestera, Nina J
dc.contributor.authorPowell, Martine B
dc.date.accessioned2020-02-13T23:49:00Z
dc.date.available2020-02-13T23:49:00Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn0314-1160
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/391437
dc.description.abstractPlaying an adult sexual complainant’s video-recorded police interview as the basis for his or her evidence-in-chief is a reform Australia could adopt to help improve criminal justice responses to these cases. This article presents a qualitative evaluation of prosecutor’s support for this reform and their views about what conditions would determine its utility. Focus groups were held with 13 prosecutors from across New Zealand (which already has this reform) and Australia. Collectively, prosecutors supported the availability of video-evidence for adult complainants. They perceived the utility of this reform depends on the following conditions: (1) the quality of the police interview; (2) how credibly the complainant presents on video; (3) contextual factors that influence the complainant’s ability to give live evidence; and (4) the degree of stakeholder support. These findings suggest that Australia should extend video-evidence to adult complainants of sexual assault guided by careful planning around these four areas.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherThomson Reuters
dc.publisher.placeAustralia
dc.publisher.urihttp://sites.thomsonreuters.com.au/journals/category/journals/criminal-law-journal/
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom198
dc.relation.ispartofpageto207
dc.relation.ispartofissue4
dc.relation.ispartofjournalCriminal Law Journal
dc.relation.ispartofvolume39
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLaw not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLaw
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode180199
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1801
dc.subject.keywordsSocial Sciences
dc.subject.keywordsGovernment & Law
dc.subject.keywordsRAPE
dc.titleProsecutors' perceptions of the utility of video-evidence for adult complainants of sexual assault
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationWestera, N; Powell, MB, Prosecutors' perceptions of the utility of video-evidence for adult complainants of sexual assault, Criminal Law Journal, 2015, 39 (4), pp. 198-207
dc.date.updated2020-02-13T05:35:07Z
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gro.griffith.authorWestera, Nina
gro.griffith.authorPowell, Martine B.


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