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

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

BlandonGitlin, I

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2020
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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.

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The Routledge International Handbook of Legal and Investigative Psychology

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Routledge International Handbook of Legal and Investigative Psychology on 1 October 2019, available online: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429326530. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

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Criminology

Forensic psychology

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Criminology & Penology

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Psychology, Multidisciplinary

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Westera, NJ; Powell, MB; Milne, R; Goodman-Delahunty, J, Police interviewing of sexual assault victims: Current organizational responses and recommendations for improvement, The Routledge International Handbook of Legal and Investigative Psychology, 2020, pp. 182-196

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