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This examine provides a distinct evaluation of the cultural, social and sensible facets of interviewing rape sufferers. Exploring more than a few concerns that impact rape situations together with discourse, gender, attitudes and victim's rights, wealthy finds the complexities of sexual attack and appears to how groups can paintings to reply to and strive against such violence.

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Interviewing Rape Victims: Practice and Policy Issues in an International Context

This research offers a special assessment of the cultural, social and sensible facets of interviewing rape sufferers. Exploring a number of matters that have an effect on rape situations together with discourse, gender, attitudes and victim's rights, wealthy finds the complexities of sexual attack and appears to how groups can paintings to answer and wrestle such violence.

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Cases must be “cleared” with a classification that allows the officer to dispose of the case. In the United States, cases classified as “baseless” or “unfounded” are ineligible for further action; standards used for these classifications vary across jurisdictions. In the UK, the parallel “no crime” designation, applied to about 22% of cases, also varies significantly across local police agencies (Kelly, 2010; Stern, 2010). As a result, estimates of false reports can vary widely without being verified (Jordan, 2011).

Effective interviewing techniques Best practice standards for victim interviewing continue to emerge. However, these are not uniformly distributed in police officer trainings. In addition, required levels of instruction may vary across jurisdictions and by agency type (city, state, or town) and may not include victim interview training even when the topic is sexual assault (Milne & Bull, 2007). Contemporary police trainers invoke the concepts of “brain science” and “cognitive interviewing” to make training packages acceptable within police culture.

For example, a confession from the suspect is far more likely when the investigator has a comprehensive account of the crime. While some may argue that rape cases are difficult to prosecute because “it’s his word against hers” that only underscores the importance of what “her words” are. 0005  Interviewing Rape Victims Unfortunately, there are widespread skill deficits in eliciting the best possible sworn statements from rape reporters. In addition, the time, money and facilities necessary for effective victim interviewing are rarely budgeted for by administrators (Milne & Bull, 2007).

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