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Improving the ‘victim journey’ when reporting domestic abuse cyberstalking to the police – A pilot project evaluation

Taylor-Dunn, Holly and Erol, Rosie ORCID: (2022) Improving the ‘victim journey’ when reporting domestic abuse cyberstalking to the police – A pilot project evaluation. Criminology and Criminal Justice. pp. 1-22. ISSN Print: 1748-8958 Online: 1748-8966

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CCriminal justice responses to stalking in England and Wales have come under increased scrutiny following the Joint Criminal Justice Inspectorate report in 2017. In response, police forces throughout England and Wales attempted to improve their handling of stalking. In one UK police force, a project was developed to improve the identification, investigation and victim journey for domestic abuse cyberstalking offences. The project included a specialist investigation team along with a dedicated and co-located Independent Domestic Violence Advisor. This article draws on research conducted during the evaluation of the project and will evidence high levels of victim engagement, positive reports from victims and a 100% success rate in obtaining restraining orders. These findings highlight the valuable role of specialist teams with integrated, independent support for victims and suggest that the victim journey can be improved through collaborative projects between the police and specialist organisations.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Cyberstalking, Domestic abuse, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors, Policing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Copyright Info: © The Author(s) 2022
Depositing User: Rosie Erol
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2022 16:01
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2022 16:02

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