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Interfaces 2: Flowcharting the Interface Between Forensic Science, Medicine and Law in Adult and Child Sexual Assault Investigations

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Kelty, S and Julian, R, Interfaces 2: Flowcharting the Interface Between Forensic Science, Medicine and Law in Adult and Child Sexual Assault Investigations, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES), University of Tasmania, Tasmania (2016) [Contract Report]


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Abstract

Forensic and medical expertise is relied on increasingly by police and the courts to exonerate the innocent and establish links to crime. With increased reliance, the potential for unjust outcomes also increases, especially in serious criminal matters, such as child or adult sexual assault investigations. The more serious the matter, the more likely that multi-disciplinary and multi-agency personnel are involved, adding to investigation complexity and the risk of vital evidence being missed or miscommunicated, particularly if inter-agency information sharing is problematic or not common. The importance of identifying effective inter-agency interactions was highlighted in the wrongful imprisonment of Farah Jama in 2008 for a sexual assault he did not commit (Vincent, 2010). One factor that led to his wrongful imprisonment was the justice silo effect, where the practitioners from forensic science, forensic medicine and law enforcement involved did not communicate effectively or share enough vital information that might have prevented this miscarriage of justice.

Item Details

Item Type:Contract Report
Keywords:sexual assault, forensic science, collaboration
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the Law
Objective Field:Criminal Justice
UTAS Author:Julian, R (Professor Roberta Julian)
ID Code:137068
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-01-30
Last Modified:2020-01-30
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