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Police Body-Worn Cameras as a Response to Domestic and Family Violence: Practitioner Insights Into the Consequences for Victim/Survivors

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posted on 2023-08-25, 04:37 authored by Mary IliadisMary Iliadis, B Harris, Z Vakhitova, A Flynn, Danielle TysonDanielle Tyson
Body-worn cameras (BWCs) have been promoted internationally to enhance responses to domestic and family violence (DFV). However, little is known about their utility, benefits, and limitations. Drawing upon the insights of DFV practitioners who support victim/survivors in the Australian states of Queensland and Western Australia, this article finds that while BWCs can capture some DFV incidents, they are unable to show their full context and impacts. BWC footage may also have consequences for “nonideal” victim/survivors, including wrongful criminalization and the removal of children. Ultimately, we argue that trauma-informed responses are vital for BWC use in DFV cases to improve frontline responses.

History

Journal

Women Against Violence

Pagination

1-22

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1077-8012

eISSN

1552-8448

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Publisher

Sage