Questioning the validity of criminal profiling: an evidence-based approach

  title={Questioning the validity of criminal profiling: an evidence-based approach},
  author={Pascale Chifflet},
  journal={Australian \& New Zealand Journal of Criminology},
  pages={238 - 255}
  • P. Chifflet
  • Published 1 June 2015
  • Psychology
  • Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Criminal profiling is used in complex investigations, and, in a number of jurisdictions, as expert evidence in criminal trials. This article seeks to move beyond the many anecdotal accounts of success by profilers and examine the evidence available as to the discipline's validity. As it stands, profiling is based on theories that are uncertain at best, and little research has been undertaken to assess the actual accuracy of generated profiles. This absence of validation is in part due to… 
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