Rape Victims’ Perceptions of Quality of Encounters with the Swedish Police

Rudolfsson, Lisa and Hammond, Laura and Bjorklund, Christina (2024) Rape Victims’ Perceptions of Quality of Encounters with the Swedish Police. Violence Against Women. ISSN 1077-8012

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This study focused on raped women’s perceptions of their encounters with Swedish police, with a specific focus on quality of encounters, trust, questions asked during police interviews, and perceptions of justice. 106 rape victims, 71 of whom had reported to the police, answered a web-based questionnaire. Results show that where officers explained their line of questioning the perceived intrusiveness of the questioning was lower, as was the level of perceived victim-blaming. Higher quality police encounters were associated with higher trust in the legal system and in police work, and with higher levels of received justice. Findings highlight the importance of trauma-informed policing as a response to sexual assault and provides insights which might help inform policy and practice developments, both in Sweden and more generally.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/10778012241243055
15 March 2024Accepted
7 April 2024Published Online
Subjects: CAH00 - multidisciplinary > CAH00-00 - multidisciplinary > CAH00-00-00 - multidisciplinary
CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-02 - applied psychology
CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-01 - social sciences (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > College of Psychology
Depositing User: Laura Hammond
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2024 14:38
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 13:02
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15358

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