Rape victims' experiences of giving evidence in English courts: A survey

Kebbell, Mark Rhys and O'Kelly, Caitriona M. and Gilchrist, Elizabeth (2007) Rape victims' experiences of giving evidence in English courts: A survey. Psychiatry Psycholgy and Law, 14 (1). pp. 111-119. ISSN 1321-8719 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Nineteen rape victims who had given evidence in court in English courts were interviewed. Questions concerned their examination in court, their perceptions of the criminal justice system, particularly criminal court processes, and the perceived utility of 'special measures' to facilitate giving evidence. Participants believed that prosecution lawyers generally did not accuse them of lying, attack what they said, put their character in doubt, put words in their mouth or use trick or leading questions. Defence lawyers were perceived to be significantly more likely to use these techniques. Participants reported that they felt they understood what was going on and, importantly, felt that they were reasonably able to give accurate evidence, They generally showed high levels of satisfaction with the way they had been treated, and positive attitudes towards measures to make giving evidence less stressful.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
K Law > K Law (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2008 08:27
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2014 15:21
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2772 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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