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Women-led police stations: reimagining the policing of gender violence in the twenty-first century


Carrington, K and Sozzo, M and Ryan, V and Rodgers, J, Women-led police stations: reimagining the policing of gender violence in the twenty-first century, Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy pp. 1-21. ISSN 1043-9463 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10439463.2021.1956925


When domestic violence was criminalised in countries like Australia, United States and United Kingdom, many saw this as a victory, as the state taking responsibility for violence against women. The problem was that its policing was delegated to a masculinised police force ill-equipped to respond to survivors of gender violence. Latin America took a different pathway, establishing women-led police stations designed specifically to respond to the survivors of gender violence. Our research team looked for inspiration to reimagine the policing of gender violence in the twenty-first century from the victim-centred women-led police stations that emerged in Argentina in the 1980s. By emphasising a preventative over a punitive approach, multi-disciplinary teams of police, social workers, psychologists and lawyers offer survivors a gateway to support, instead of just funnelling them into the criminal justice system. Surveying gender violence sector workers and members of the general public, we sought views on the potential of adapting the protocols of these specialist police stations to Australia. We argue that if staffed by appropriately trained teams to work from both gender and culturally sensitive perspectives, women-led victim friendly police stations could side-step some of the unintended consequences of criminalisation, pathing the way for reimagining the policing of gender violence. Framed by southern criminology the project aims to redress the biases in the global hierarchy of knowledge, by reversing the notion that policy transfer can only flow from the countries of the Global North to the Global South.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:women-led policing, gender violence, women's police stations, Argentina, Australia, policing gender violence, southern criminology
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:Rodgers, J (Dr Jess Rodgers)
ID Code:148875
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Policing and Emergency Management
Deposited On:2022-02-17
Last Modified:2022-06-20

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