Using police data for empirical investigations of rape.

Horvath, Miranda A. H. and Brown, Jennifer M. (2007) Using police data for empirical investigations of rape. Issues in Forensic Psychology, 6 . pp. 49-56. ISSN 1468-4748

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Rape is a difficult subject to research ethically and there are many methodological conundrums when collecting and interpreting data. Previously a number of techniques have been employed, for example: vignettes, trial observations and case tracking. This paper will focus on the use of police data for empirical investigations of rape. Initially consideration will be given to the difficulties in gaining access and ensuring ethical concerns and matters of confidentiality and anonymity are adequately addressed. The paper will then address the advantages and disadvantages of using such a dataset including accuracy, missing data and using data. The paper also includes the initial findings of a study using police data to investigate rapes where the victim was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the rape occurred.

Item Type:Article
Research Areas:School of Science and Technology > Psychology
School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
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