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ERIC Number: EJ914099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
The Linkage between Secondary Victimization by Law Enforcement and Rape Case Outcomes
Patterson, Debra
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v26 n2 p328-347 Jan 2011
Prior research has suggested that almost half of rape victims are treated by law enforcement in ways that they experience as upsetting (termed "secondary victimization"). However, it remains unknown why some victims have negative experiences with law enforcement and others do not. The purpose of this study is to explore victims' experiences with secondary victimization by detectives, comparing how these experiences vary in cases that were ultimately prosecuted by the criminal justice system to those that were not prosecuted. A total of 20 rape victims are interviewed within one county. The study uses grounded theory qualitative analysis, which showed that participants whose cases were eventually prosecuted described the detectives' treatment toward them considerably different than participants with nonprosecuted cases. The study findings further show that victims with cases that were not prosecuted primarily described their detectives as engaging in secondary victimization behaviors and that victims with cases that were ultimately prosecuted primarily described their detectives as responding compassionately toward them. (Contains 1 note and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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