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Prosecutors' perceptions of how to improve the quality of evidence in domestic violence cases

Westera, Nina J.; Powell, Martine B.

Policing and society. Volume 27:Number 2 (2017); pp 157-172 -- Routledge

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  • Title:
    Prosecutors' perceptions of how to improve the quality of evidence in domestic violence cases
  • Author: Westera, Nina J.;
    Powell, Martine B.
  • Found In: Policing and society. Volume 27:Number 2 (2017); pp 157-172
  • Journal Title: Policing and society
  • Subjects: Crime prevention--Periodicals; Police--Periodicals; domestic violence--prosecution--video-evidence--criminal investigation--investigative interviewing; Dewey: 363.2
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Routledge
  • Abstract: Abstract :

    Limited evidence in domestic violence prosecutions is a persistent problem. Focus groups with 13 prosecutors from across Australia and New Zealand were used to explore how to improve the quality of evidence collected and presented in these cases. A thematic analysis identified three main strategies: improving the quality of investigations by initial police responders, supporting the complainant and tailoring the trial process to the domestic violence context. The most discussed strategy within these categories has previously received little attention– police video recording the complainant's initial account and using that video as the basis for the complainant's courtroom testimony.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100040232633.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1043-9463; 10.1080/10439463.2015.1039002
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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