Critical issues in rape investigation: an overview of reform in England and Wales

Horvath, Miranda A. H. and Tong, Stephen and Williams, Emma (2011) Critical issues in rape investigation: an overview of reform in England and Wales. The Journal of Criminal Justice Research, 1 (2).

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This article examines a recent history of criminal justice reform to responses to the investigation of rape offences. Beginning with a selective overview of the professional development of detectives and criticisms relating to investigation of „low status‟ crimes this article points to the challenges in the professionalization of detectives in the context of investigative responses to marginalised victims. The paper goes on to outline police responses and evaluations of initiatives aimed at improving effectiveness before summarising the complexities and vulnerabilities faced by victims and how these experiences impact upon the likelihood of successful prosecution. Finally the paper summaries the main analysis and indentifies the key challenges to the criminal justice sector in improving responses to rape victims.

Item Type:Article
Keywords (uncontrolled):Rape; Investigation; England and Wales; Criminal Justice Reform
Research Areas:A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research group
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Forensic Psychology Research Group
ID Code:6983
Notes on copyright:The Journal of Criminal Justice Research (JCJR), therefore grants permission for the article to be deposited to the Middlesex University Institutional Repository as Miranda Horvath, co-author of the manuscript, is a Middlesex University researcher. This e-mail constitutes JCJR's permission for this individual request made by the Middlesex University Institutional Repository, dated 2/14/11, and permission granted by JCJR on 2/16/11.
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Deposited On:14 Feb 2011 10:10
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