Practical Psychology for Forensic Investigations and Prosecutions / Edition 1

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Despite important technological advances, most forensic investigations and prosecutions still rely heavily upon human factors. It is in understanding these human factors that psychology has a major role to play. This book brings together cutting-edge researchers in forensic psychology to show how psychological knowledge can be applied to investigating and prosecuting offences. It takes a holistic approach, linking together the different stages of the investigation and prosecution processes, demonstrating what psychology can contribute at each stage. The links between maximising reporting rates, thorough investigation, proper presentation of evidence in court and of effective sentencing policy are examined. Potential pitfalls for the investigative and prosecution process are outlined and ways of overcoming these problems discussed.

Practical Psychology for Forensic Investigations and Prosecutions describes contemporary research but it is also immensely practical. Written for police officers, lawyers, forensic psychologists and social workers, it will also be a valuable resource for all psychology students who wish to see how psychology can assist policing and the law.

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Meet the Author

Mark Kebbell is an associate professor at the James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.  He co-wrote (with Graham Wagstaff) guidelines for police officers in England and Wales on the assessment of eyewitness evidence, and has published many journal articles.

Graham Davies is co-series editor with Ray Bull and a professor of psychology at the University of Leicester.  He is co-editor of Applied Cognitive Psychology; amongst his numerous publications, and the most recent for Wiley, is Recovered Memories: Seeking the Middle Ground.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors     ix
About the Contributors     xi
Series Preface     xvii
Preface     xix
Acknowledgements     xx
Introduction   Graham M. Davies   Mark R. Kebbell     1
Interviewing Victims of Crime, Including Children and People with Intellectual Disabilities   Becky Milne   Ray Bull     7
Procedural Recommendations to Increase the Reliability of Eyewitness Identifications   Jennifer Beaudry   Rod Lindsay   Paul Dupuis     25
Investigating Criminal Cases of Delayed Reports of Sexual Abuse   Laurence Alison   Mark R. Kebbell     47
Psychological Characteristics of Offenders   Kevin Howells   Jacqueline Stacey     69
Detecting Deception   Aldert Vrij     89
Improving the Interviewing of Suspected Offenders   Mark R. Kebbell   Emily Hurren     103
Strategies for Preventing False Confessions and Their Consequences   Deborah Davis   Richard Leo     121
Offender Profiling: Limits and Potential   Laurence Alison   Mark R. Kebbell     151
Deciding to Prosecute   Elizabeth Gilchrist     165
Preventing Withdrawal of Complaints and Psychological Support for Victims   Graham M. Davies   Helen Westcott     183
Communicating Risk to the Court   Don Grubin     203
Future Directions for Applying Psychology to Forensic Investigations and Prosecutions   Mark R. Kebbell   Graham M. Davies     219
Index     225
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