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Guidelines for Police Training on Violence Against Women and Child Abuse

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Presents an overview of violence against women and child abuse. It covers eight specific issues:

• Gender, human rights and the law

• Police attitudes and sensitisation

• Crime prevention approaches to repeat victimisation

• Perspectives on offender profiling

• Evidence and investigation techniques

• Medical and forensic evidence and investigation procedures

• Liaison with non-police organisations

• Statistics, data collection and case management



The authors also introduce training modules on rape, other sexual offences, domestic violence, child abuse and protection as models of good practice from selected Commonwealth countries.



This book is a revision and update of the original edition which was published in 1989. The first two chapters are entirely new and have been added at the request of police officers.



The first edition was hailed by the UN Rapporteur as ‘a useful guide which is used in the Commonwealth and beyond.’

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Evidence and investigation techniques

Training must address the myths of rape and introduce officers to the rape trauma syndrome. It may be that negative attitudinal problems are reinforced by legal definitions for rape or outcomes of court cases, which suggest that only a very serious physical attack followed by sexual assault can be successfully prosecuted. A legal requirement of corroboration may have a negative effect on police attitudes.

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