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Lost in the detail: prosecutors' perceptions of the utility of video recorded police interviews as rape complainant evidence

Westera, NJ, Powell, Martine and Milne, B 2015, Lost in the detail: prosecutors' perceptions of the utility of video recorded police interviews as rape complainant evidence, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 1-17, doi: 10.1177/0004865815620705.

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Title Lost in the detail: prosecutors' perceptions of the utility of video recorded police interviews as rape complainant evidence
Author(s) Westera, NJ
Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Milne, B
Journal name Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Volume number 50
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-12-07
ISSN 0004-8658
1837-9273
Keyword(s) cognitive interview
criminal investigation
eywitness testimony
prosecution
sexual offences
video-evidence
Summary This study explored the perceptions of ten Crown Prosecutors about the utility of policeinterviews as video evidence-in-chief for adult sexual assault complainants to determine howto improve these interviews. A themed analysis of prosecutors’ responses indicated threemajor concerns about these interviews: the interviewer using wordy instructions, the lack ofchronology and logical structure, and the relentless pursuit of unnecessary detail. Thesefindings suggest that prosecutors’ concerns are primarily due to police using cognitive interviewmethods that attempt to enhance the amount of detail recalled by a complainant. Theauthors discuss why generating large amounts of detail may be problematic in interviews withsexual assault complainants and provide recommendations for how police can adapt interviewpractices to better meet evidential needs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0004865815620705
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
1602 Criminology
1801 Law
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091769

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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