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Australian police perceptions of women’s police stations


Rodgers, J and Carrington, K and Ryan, V, Australian police perceptions of women's police stations, Police Practice and Research pp. 1-22. ISSN 1561-4263 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/15614263.2022.2049778


Women’s police stations that are designed to receive victims of gender-based violence first emerged in Latin America in the 1980s. In Argentina, these stations have unique aspects like multidisciplinary staffing that could guide responses elsewhere. Police responses to domestic and family violence (DFV) in Australia have continually failed victims and require much improvement. Responses combining police and other services are not completely alien to Australia, and are not too dissimilar from women’s police stations. We undertook a survey of Australian police (n = 78) to assess which aspects of Argentina’s stations could inform new approaches to DFV policing. Our survey finds that Australian police support some aspects of this approach to policing DFV, such as multidisciplinary stations (74%). There was significantly less support for stations staffed predominantly by women (19%). Combined with review of evaluations of Australian co-locational responses, research implications for practice suggest a broader trial of co-locational responses in Australia.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:policing gender-based violence, policing domestic and family violence, women's police stations, co-locational policing
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:149243
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Policing and Emergency Management
Deposited On:2022-03-19
Last Modified:2022-04-21
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