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Support provided by LGBTI Police Liaison Services: An analysis of a survey of LGBTIQ people in Australia

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Dwyer, AE and Bond, C and Ball, M and Lee, M and Crofts, T, Support provided by LGBTI Police Liaison Services: An analysis of a survey of LGBTIQ people in Australia, Police Quarterly, 24 ISSN 1552-745X (In Press) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) police liaison programs were established around Australia from the late 1980s onwards to ameliorate discriminatory relationships between LGBTIQ people and police. With specialized training to better understand LGBTIQ issues, police liaison officers can provide support to LGBTIQ people as victims, offenders, or witnesses. Interestingly, very few LGBTIQ people seek support from these officers, even though many know they exist. This paper reports the results of a survey of a sample of LGBTIQ community members across two Australian states (Queensland and New South Wales) that explored why LGBTIQ people seek support from LGBTI police liaison officers. An online questionnaire asked LGBTIQ people about their perceptions of, and experiences with, police generally, and LGBTI police liaison officers specifically. Similar to past research, our analysis primarily found high levels of awareness of liaison officers, but very few participants accessed them. Further, and concerningly, the participants were generally reluctant to seek them out for support. Key implications of our findings for policy and practice development in police and LGBTIQ community services are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:LGBTI police liaison programs, queer policing, survey LGBTIQ people, Australia, liaison officers
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:147383
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-10-29
Last Modified:2021-11-05
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