Police Officers Judgements at Blame in Family Evidence

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Title Police Officers Judgements at Blame in Family Evidence
Author Stewart, Anna Louise; Ede, Kelly
Journal Name Sex Roles
Year Published 1997
Place of publication USA
Publisher Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
Abstract This study investigated police officers' judgements of blame to both victims and assailants of family violence. Furthermore, the impact of these judgements on the reported likelihood of charging the assailants with assault was examined. The sample was selected from operational police officers of the Queensland Police Service. The sample included 51 male officers and 46 female officers. Ethnicity was not examined. However; 1.3% of police oficers identify as Indigenous and 5.8% of officers come from non-English speaking backgrounds. The subjects were presented with one of eight case vignettes of assault. In these vignettes two factors were varied, the victim gender (male and female), and alcohol consumption of the victim and assailant (both the assailant and the victim were drunk, neither were drunk, the assailant was sober and the victim drunk, and the assailant was drunk and the victim sober). A third independent variable was included, gender of the police officer Male and female police officers showed no differences in judgement of blame and reported likelihood of charging. However; the level of blame attributed to both the assailant and the victim vaned with the victim gender and the alcohol consumption of the disputants. Male victims were more likely to be blamed than female victims. Drunk victims were blamed more than sober victims. Furthermore,a relationship was found between the level of blame allocated to the victim and the reported likelihood of charging the assailant. These results indicate that police officers hold gender stereotypes that influence the way they respond to family violence.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02936347
Copyright Statement Copyright 1977 Springer-Verlag. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Volume 37
Page from 921
Page to 933
ISSN 0360-0025
Date Accessioned 1998-01-01
Date Available 2010-07-26T06:52:44Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance; ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/25508
Publication Type Article in Scholarly Refereed Journal
Publication Type Code c1

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