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Interviewing victims of repeated domestic violence: Investigators' beliefs and strategies

Journal article
Authors Maria Hartwig
Evan Dawson
Olof Wrede
Karl Ask
Published in Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
Volume 19
Issue 5
Pages 672-681
ISSN 1321-8719
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 672-681
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1080/13218719.2011.61...
Keywords investigative interviewing, repeated victimization
Subject categories Psychology

Abstract

Most victims of domestic violence are abused repeatedly over time. Hence, investigative challenges arise concerning victims' ability to recall particular events. This research focuses on investigators' understanding of memory-based problems associated with repeated victimization and their strategies to facilitate recall. Eighty-one Swedish police officers completed a questionnaire probing their beliefs about memory for repeated events, aims of witness interviews and specific memory-enhancing techniques. A large proportion reported not making any extra preparations or using specific techniques to tackle the challenges of interviewing victims of repeated violence. However, respondents were largely aware of problematic memory features, including source monitoring errors, and they reported using scientifically supported techniques.

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