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Title: Dealing with the distress of people with intellectual disabilities reporting sexual assault and rape
Authors: Antaki, Charles
Richardson, Emma
Stokoe, Elizabeth
Willott, Sara
Keywords: Police
Learning disability
Intellectual disability
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications / © The Author(s)
Citation: ANTAKI, C. ... et al, 2015. Dealing with the distress of people with intellectual disabilities reporting sexual assault and rape. Discourse Studies, 17 (4), pp. 415-432.
Abstract: When police officers interview people with intellectual disabilities who allege sexual assault and rape, they must establish rapport with the interviewee, but deal with their distress in a way that does not compromise the interview's impartiality and its acceptability in court. Inspection of 19 videotaped interviews from an English police force's records reveals that the officers deal with expressed distress by choosing among three practices: minimal (e.g. okay) or no acknowledgement; acknowledging the expressed emotion as a matter of the complainant's difficulty in proceeding (e.g. take your time); and, rarely (and only if the complainant were apparently unable to resume their talk) explicit reference to their emotion (e.g. it's obviously upsetting for you). We discuss these practices as ways of managing the conflicting demands of rapport and evidence-gathering.
Description: This article has been accepted for publication in the journal, Discourse Studies [Sage Publications / © The Authors]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461445615578962
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1461445615578962
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18113
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461445615578962
ISSN: 1461-7080
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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