Understanding how advocates can affect sexual assault victim engagement in the criminal justice process

 

Author(s) Patterson, Debra and Brenda Tringali
Title Understanding how advocates can affect sexual assault victim engagement in the criminal justice process
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence,published online Oct 2014, pp. 1-11
Date 2014
Document type Journal article
Coverage United States
Summary The study establishes how victims of sexual assault are often hesitant when it comes to participating in the criminal justice process and as a result, many incidences of sexual assault go unreported. Previous research has shown that from those that do report, many withdraw from participation in the legal process. The study takes a qualitative approach by interviewing advocates and forensic nurses who provide services to victims as part of the Sexual assault Nurse examiner (SANE) program, From these interviews, the study then examined the role of the Rape Crisis Centre advocates and how their services may influence further victim engagement within the criminal justice system.   It was found that the positive influence advocacy services have on victims of sexual assault may help in addressing common barriers to victim participation within the criminal justice process.
Keywords Sexual assault; rape; victim advocates; criminal justice; Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs
Topic Service delivery; sexual assault