The relationship between vulnerability and the criminal justice system

Ewin, Robert (2021) The relationship between vulnerability and the criminal justice system. Doctoral thesis, Lancaster University.

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This thesis explores vulnerability, specifically in relation to vulnerable and intimidated witnesses (VIW) in criminal investigations, with a focus on investigative and legal practice. Existing research surrounding VIW’s in England and Wales has broadly focussed upon victims as participants, interviewing practices, and the effectiveness of measures to support VIW. This thesis focusses on policing and legal practitioners engaged in the process of criminal investigations and UK legal practice in relation to VIW. Three studies are triangulated to explore the concept of vulnerability at practitioner level, these are: a questionnaire, interviews, and a deliberative inquiry. The intention of this thesis is to improve practice around the identification of VIW’s and provide empirical knowledge surrounding the management and treatment of vulnerable people within current UK policing investigative practice.

Item Type: Thesis/Dissertation (Doctoral)
Departments: Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership > Policing and Criminology
Depositing User: Christian Stretton
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2021 08:32
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 11:47


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