Sexual offences

Negotiating paedophilia in the investigative interview: the construction of sexual offences against children

Authored by: Kelly Benneworth

The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics

Print publication date:  March  2010
Online publication date:  March  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415463096
eBook ISBN: 9780203855607
Adobe ISBN: 9781136998737


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Significant developments in police interviewing practice in the UK have been fuelled by psychological research. Studies have acknowledged the coercive and oppressive features of the traditional adversarial police interrogation (Shepherd 1991; Mortimer 1994; Moston and Stephenson 1993; Williamson 1993) and given rise to the ethical PEACE investigative interview, the rationale for which is outlined in A Practical Guide to Investigative Interviewing (National Crime Faculty 2000). In addition to the PEACE protocol of inviting suspects, witnesses and victims of crime to provide uninterrupted accounts of their experiences using open and fair questioning (Clarke and Milne 2001; Griffiths and Milne 2005; Milne and Bull 1999), research has also informed the evolution of the Cognitive Interview, which integrates psychological principles to aid witness accuracy and recall (Fisher and Geiselman 1992; Fisher et al. 1989; Geiselman et al. 1986).

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