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Title: Rape Politics, Policies and Practice: Exploring the tensions and unanticipated consequences of well-intended victim-focused measures
Authors: Carline, Anna
Gunby, Clare
First Published: 15-Dec-2016
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 2017, 56(1), pp. 34–52
Abstract: The inability of the criminal justice system to respond effectively to rape has led to numerous law and policy reforms in England and Wales. Nevertheless, difficulties remain, with problems often linked to the impact of rape myths and implementation failure. This article, however, adopts a different lens through which to explore the ongoing challenges faced by rape complainants. Drawing on interviews with 14 barristers in the North West of England, this article asks: how have rape law and policy reforms impacted practice for this group of practitioners? The findings highlight that numerous tensions emerged from these reforms. In particular, measures that were perceived to be politically driven and well-intended were often perceived to generate unanticipated negative consequences for complainants, as opposed to improving their experience. In concluding, we emphasise the importance of a close working practice between the policy maker and practitioner, in order to institute more effective responses.
DOI Link: 10.1111/hojo.12190
ISSN: 0265-5527
eISSN: 1468-2311
Embargo on file until: 15-Dec-2018
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, Wiley. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: The file associated with this record is under embargo until 24 months after publication, in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above.
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