Professionals' perceptions of a new model of sexual assault investigation adopted by Victoria Police
Powell, Martine B. and Wright, Rebecca 2012, Professionals' perceptions of a new model of sexual assault investigation adopted by Victoria Police, Current issues in criminal justice, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 333-352.
This article presents a qualitative evaluation of a new method of operation for sexual assault investigation developed by Victoria Police. The model is characterised by two core components: the establishment of specialist teams of investigators responsible for investigation and victim support; and the establishment of service sites, referred to as 'Multidisciplinary Centres', where all key services are located in a single building separate from police stations. The research approach consisted of in-depth interviews with 90 stakeholders (police, counsellors, medical officers, child protection workers and prosecutors). Collectively, these interviews revealed strong, unanimous support for the ideologies that underpinned the new reforms. Reported outcomes included the following: improved collaboration; increased victim satisfaction, referrals between professionals and reporting rates; reduced response and investigation times; better quality briefs; and higher prosecution and conviction rates. These findings, along with the stakeholders' suggestions for further improvements, are discussed.
Field of Research
170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
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