​Challenging criminal justice? Psychosocial disability and rape victimisation

Author(s) Ellison, L., Vanessa E Munro, Katrin Hohl & Paul Wallang
Title Challenging criminal justice? Psychosocial disability and rape victimisation
Source Criminology and Criminal justice, Vol. 15,  No. 2, pp. 225-244, 2015
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
Coverage United Kingdom
Summary There are various challenges related to disclosure and credibility for victims of rape who suffer from a psychosocial disability (PSD). The article uses data collected by the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to a sample of rape allegations and explores the challenges faced by the complainants. The article is comprised of four main sections, with the first section discussing the current evidence base that exists in relation to the scale of allegations of rape and sexual assault from victims who have a mental illness/psychosocial disability. The second section focuses on patterns of attrition in the criminal justice system and the challenges faced in identifying complaints from such complainants and the process of dealing with disclosures. The third section discusses the key findings in the handling of rape allegations from victims with PSD from the data collected by the Metropolitan Police Service, with the final section outlining the importance of more research being conducted as well as training for police and prosecutors in this area.
Keywords Attrition, mental disorder, mental health, police, prosecution, rape, victim
Topic Sexual assault; psychological effects and treatment; disability