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Interviewing rape complainants: Police officers' perceptions of interview format and quality of evidence
This study explored police perceptions of video recording rape complainant interviews for investigative and evidential purposes. Officers (N¼136) rated the accuracy of one of three mock transcriptsExpand
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Lawyers’ Strategies for Cross-examining Rape Complainants: Have We Moved Beyond the 1950s?
Despite widespread reforms to legislation and policy, rape complainants still find cross-exam- ination distressing, demeaning and humiliating. We conducted a systematic and holistic examination ofExpand
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What were they thinking? Factors influencing police recruits’ decisions about force
ABSTRACT Police officers are increasingly called upon to explain and defend their behaviour towards citizens, particularly where force is used. While there is a well-established body of research onExpand
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Sexual assault complainants on the stand: a historical comparison of courtroom questioning
ABSTRACT Because most cases of alleged sexual assault involve few sources of evidence, the complainant’s testimony is crucial. In line with empirical research findings, the way in which policeExpand
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Losing two thirds of the story: A comparison of the video-recorded police interview and live evidence of rape complainants
This article reports on a study that compared the content of video-recorded police interview with the live evidence-in-chief at trial of the same adult rape complainant in real cases in New Zealand.Expand
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An evaluation of how evidence is elicited from complainants of child sexual abuse
Child sexual abuse is difficult to prosecute and has one of the highest attrition rates of all criminal offences. Part of the difficulty in prosecuting these cases is that offending is often hiddenExpand
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Promoting pre-recorded complainant evidence in rape trials: Psychological and practice perspectives
In this article, the authors, a forensic psychologist and police officer, explore how pre-recorded police interviews with complainants may be presented as evidence-in-chief and used to support theExpand
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Judges' delivery of ground rules to child witnesses in Australian courts.
Ground rules directions are given to children in forensic interviews to explain what is expected of them, and to reduce their tendency to acquiesce to erroneous or incomprehensible questions. GroundExpand
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The “Good Old Days” of Courtroom Questioning: Changes in the Format of Child Cross-Examination Questions Over 60 Years
Recent decades have seen an explosion of research into children’s eyewitness capabilities and resulted in legal reform to render the adversarial trial process more child friendly. Many, however, haveExpand
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Exploring Police Use of Force Decision-Making Processes and Impairments Using a Naturalistic Decision-Making Approach
As part of their duties, police regularly engage with citizens, which can result in the use of force. While we know how often and under what circumstances officers use force, little is known aboutExpand
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