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Characteristics associated with rape attrition and the role played by scepticism or legal rationality by investigators and prosecutors

Brown, JM, Hamilton, C and O'Neill, D (2007) Characteristics associated with rape attrition and the role played by scepticism or legal rationality by investigators and prosecutors Psychology Crime & Law, 13 (4). pp. 355-370.

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Abstract

This paper reports a multidimensional scaling analysis of features associated with rape attrition by identifying key aspects of the rape that are associated with loss of cases at the stages of police investigation, prosecutors' considerations and in court. The research utilized a case-file analysis (n = 105) consisting of all rapes reported to one division within a large UK urban police force by females over the age of 16 from April 1998 to April 2003. In addition, interviews were conducted with police officers and Crown Prosecutors to explore their understanding of the reasons why attrition occurs. The findings illustrate the extent to which prejudicial attitudes and legal logic influence police officers' and solicitors' modes of thinking and subsequently influence decisions for rape cases to proceed to court. Methodological and practical issues are considered.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Brown, JMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hamilton, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
O'Neill, Dd.oneill@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2007
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1080/10683160601060507
Uncontrolled Keywords : rape rape attrition police investigation criminal justice system rape victim SEXUAL ASSAULT JUROR DECISIONS JUDGMENTS VICTIMS
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 09:07
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 09:07
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/822368

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