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Police perceptions of rape victims and the impact on case decision making: A systematic review [Author Manuscript]

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dc.contributor.author Sleath, Emma
dc.contributor.author Bull, Ray
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-12T21:33:14Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-12T21:33:14Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Sleath, Emma; Bull, Ray. (2017). Police perceptions of rape victims and the impact on case decision making: A systematic review [Author Manuscript]. Aggression and Violent Behavior: 34, 102-112. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://derby.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10545/621784/Sleath%20&%20Bull%20Ag%20&%20viol.pdf?sequence=3
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1698
dc.description.abstract Police officers are frequently perceived to hold negative attitudes about rape victims. The aim of this systematic review is to: (1) synthesise the current literature on police officers’ attributions of rape victim blame, assessments of rape victim credibility, and rape myth acceptance; and, (2) examine the evidence that holding these attitudes impacts on police investigative decision making in rape cases. Twenty-four articles published between 2000-2016 were included following a systematic search of the available literature.The findings highlight that some police officers do hold problematic attitudes about rape victims e.g., blame, rape myth acceptance, although they are frequently noted to be at a low level. Furthermore, characteristics of the victim, e.g., alcohol intoxication and emotional expression, can affect attributions of victim credibility. Assessments of victim credibility were related to police investigative decision making e.g., recommendations to charge the perpetrator, perceptions of guilt. However, the impact of rape victim blaming and rape myth acceptance is less clear. Given that the literature was predominantly vignette-based, it is unclear how these judgements have an impact in real rape investigations. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.subject Systematic Review en_US
dc.subject Rape Myths en_US
dc.subject Victims en_US
dc.subject Believing Victims en_US
dc.subject Credibility en_US
dc.subject Blame en_US
dc.subject Blaming en_US
dc.subject Community Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Police en_US
dc.subject Law Enforcement en_US
dc.subject Police-involved en_US
dc.subject Decision-making en_US
dc.subject Investigations en_US
dc.subject Decision-making en_US
dc.subject Charges en_US
dc.subject Emotional Distress en_US
dc.subject Alcohol Use en_US
dc.title Police perceptions of rape victims and the impact on case decision making: A systematic review [Author Manuscript] en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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