What is the scale of disparity in the forensic service provision for rape victims and suspects?: a qualitative study in the United Kingdom

Harris, Zoey Roxanne (2015) What is the scale of disparity in the forensic service provision for rape victims and suspects?: a qualitative study in the United Kingdom. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Forensic medical examinations are often carried out in the multi-agency response to rape. This dissertation will examine the scale of disparity in the forensic service provision for rape victims and suspects, evaluating the facilities and practices used. This comparative research seeks to advocate the standardisation of quality practices for both victims and suspects throughout the UK. Thus maximising the integrity of forensic evidence recovered, used by the Criminal Justice System. The researcher uses existing literature, Freedom of Information requests and interviews to gather the relevant data. Results show that there is a disparity in the forensic service provision for suspects, with a lack of dedicated facilities and practices. Changes in service provision, among the multi-agency response to rape, has resulted in a lack of ownership; a fragmentation of forensic practices. Due to a limited sample size these results cannot be generalized. However, improvements in victim care and DNA technology have influenced a paradigm shift in the victim service provision, that have failed to transfer to the suspect service provision. This study seeks to unearth the underpinning epistemological positions of those working in the multi-agency response to rape.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 12:42
    Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 12:42
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/18992

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