Interviewing adult witnesses and victims

Coral J. Dando, R. Edward Geiselman, Nicci Macleod, Andy Griffiths

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Abstract

In this chapter, we discuss the interviewing of adult witnesses and victims with reference to how the extant psychological and linguistic literature has contributed to understanding and informing interview practice over the past 20 years and how it continues to support practical and procedural improvements. We have only scratched the surface of this important and complex topic, but throughout this chapter we have directed readers to many in-depth reviews and some of the most contemporary research literature currently available in this domain. We have introduced the PEACE model and described the Cognitive Interview procedure and its development. We have also discussed rapport building, question types and communication style, all with reference to witness memory and practical interviewing. Finally, we highlight areas that would benefit from research, for example conducting interviews with interpreters, and how new training initiatives are seeking to improve interview procedures and interviewer practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunication in investigative and legal contexts
Subtitle of host publicationintegrated approaches from forensic psychology, linguistics and law enforcement
EditorsGavin Oxburgh, Trond Myklebust, Tim Grant, Rebecca Milne
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Pages79-106
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-118-76913-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-118-76923-2, 978-1-118-76922-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

Publication series

NameSeries in psychology of crime, policing and law
PublisherWiley

Keywords

  • cognitive interview
  • rapport
  • episodic memory
  • questions
  • vulnerable witnesses

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  • Communication in investigative and legal settings: introduction and contexts

    Oxburgh, G., Myklebust, T., Grant, T. & Milne, R., Dec 2015, Communication in investigative and legal contexts: integrated approaches from forensic psychology, linguistics and law enforcement. Oxburgh, G., Myklebust, T., Grant, T. & Milne, R. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell, p. 1-13 13 p. (Series in psychology of crime, policing and law).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Exploring types and functions of questions in police interviews

    Grant, T., Taylor, J., Oxburgh, G. E. & Pankhurst, G., Dec 2015, Communication in investigative and legal contexts: integrated approaches from forensic psychology, linguistics and law enforcement. Oxburgh, G., Myklebust, T., Grant, T. & Milne, R. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell, p. 39-54 16 p. (Series in psychology of crime, policing and law).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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