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Policing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Young People: a Gap in the Research Literature


Dwyer, AE, Policing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Young People: a Gap in the Research Literature, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 22, (3) pp. 415-433. ISSN 1034-5329 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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This article argues for exploring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people’s experiences with police. While research examines how factors such as indigeneity influence young peoples’ experiences with police, how sexuality and/or gender identity mediates these relationships remains largely unexplored. Key bodies of research suggest a need to explore this area further, including: literature documenting links between homophobic violence against LGBT young people and outcomes such as homelessness that fall within the gambit of policing work; research showing reluctance of LGBT communities to report crime to police; international research documenting homophobic police attitudes and Australian research demonstrating arguably homophobic court outcomes; and research outlining increasing police support of LGBT communities. Drawing on these bodies of literature, this article argues that LGBT young peoples’ experiences of policing warrants further research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:Dwyer, AE (Dr Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:105864
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-01-18
Last Modified:2017-11-30

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