From "real rape" to real justice: A systematic review of police officers' rape myth beliefs

Parratt, Kayleigh, Pina, Afroditi (2017) From "real rape" to real justice: A systematic review of police officers' rape myth beliefs. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 34 . pp. 68-83. ISSN 1359-1789. (doi:10.1016/j.avb.2017.03.005)

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Abstract

This systematic review examined 18 documents that contained information about rape myths/cognitions of police officers with the goal of identifying the factors that influence police officers’ beliefs of rape. Past research on sexual offence processing decisions has rarely considered the characteristics of police officers as active participants in the legal decision making process (Alderden & Ullman, 2012); meaning that the factors that directly influence police officers’ rape myths and the implications these may have on rape victims’ experiences when reporting to the police remain unclear. The current review systematically examines the literature on police officers’ rape myth beliefs, and evaluates the current available research regarding, decision-making, victim credibility, police training and experiences, and police gender. It concludes by providing recommendations for policy makers in terms of best practice, continual police training and development and improving rape victims’ reporting experiences.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.avb.2017.03.005
Uncontrolled keywords: systematic review, rape myths, police, rape victims, sexual assault
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Depositing User: Afroditi Pina
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2017 11:49 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/61278 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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