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Title: When police interview victims of sexual assault: Comparing written guidance to interactional practice
Authors: Stokoe, Elizabeth
Antaki, Charles
Richardson, Emma
Willott, Sara
Keywords: Police interview
Sexual assault
Intellectual disability
Communication guidance
Communication training
Conversation analysis
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Citation: STOKOE, E. ...et al., 2018. When police interview victims of sexual assault: Comparing written guidance to interactional practice. IN: Mason, M. (ed.) The discourse of police investigation, Chicago: University of Chicago, In Press.
Abstract: This chapter presents an analysis of investigative interviews with victims of reported sexual abuse. The data analysed are 19 videotapes of interviews from archived cases involving complainants with intellectual disabilities. In particular, the chapter compares what is recommended in UK national guidelines to ‘achieve best evidence’ in such victim interviews and, on the basis of conversation analysis, how police officers adhere to and depart from recommended practice in ways which are both effective and less effective. The analysis reveals a restricted sense of rapport, and occasional use of questions implying blame. We consider the implications of our analysis for published guidelines for interviewing victims and witnesses as well as for the training of officers and those who work with vulnerable adults and children to achieve a fair and supportive criminal justice system.
Description: This book chapter is in closed access until 12 months after publication.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/28246
Publisher Link: http://press.uchicago.edu/books.html
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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