Child victimisations - tracking from incident report to finalisation in court

Author(s)Wundersitz, Joy
Title Child victimisations - tracking from incident report to finalisation in court
Source Office of Crime Statistics and Research, Adelaide, May 2003
Date 2003
Document type Research report
Coverage South Australia
URL http://www.ocsar.sa.gov.au/docs/technical_papers/victimisations.pdf
Summary This paper discusses the methodological issues experienced by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research in studies tracking child victimisation incidents through the criminal justice system. The use of the Integrated Justice Information System in South Australia is discussed, where a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) is assigned to every individual who comes into contact with the criminal justice system and the PIN remains constant across time. One of the problems however is that this single identifier is not sufficient to enable a single event to be tracked as it progresses from one stage of the criminal justice system to another and a range of unique identifiers such as the original police incident report and each court file, are needed. Other methodological problems are discussed, including a single event covering multiple offenders or charges from one incident being split among different court files and different paths along the court system. The paper outlines and discusses the strategies used to deal with the identified methodological issues.
Keywords Children; criminal justice system; methodological issues
Topic Research methods; children