Procedural justice in contacts with the police: the perspective of victims of crime

                 

Author(s)

Elliott, Irina, Stuart D.M. Thomas, and James R.P. Ogloff
Title Procedural justice in contacts with the police: the perspective of victims of crime
Source Police Practice and Research: An International Journal,October 2012 , Vol. 13, No 5, pp437-449 .
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage Victoria, Australia
Summary The aim of this study was to examine victims' perceptions of procedural justice in interactions between victims and police. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 110 participants who had reported a crime, either personal or property, to the Victorian police in the last year. 70% of the participants had been victims of violent crimes. The study contained a number of sub-themes, including how well police communicate with victims that they will do their best to solve the crime and following up with victims on the progress of a case. The results of the study suggested that police willingness to achieve a desired outcome is of particular importance to victims. The authors concluded that procedural justice is as important to crime victims as a desired outcome. A suggestion for future qualitative measurement is for victims to prepare a written statement describing the impact of their interaction with the police.
Keywords Procedural justice; victim-police interactions; secondary victimisation
Topic

Criminal Justice System; Victims needs