Rape investigation and attrition in acquaintance, domestic violence and historical rape cases

Marianne Hester, Sarah-Jane Walker

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The paper looks at the different attrition trajectories of rape cases involving acquaintance rape, rape in the context of domestic violence by intimate (ex)partners and in the context of historical child sexual abuse. Rape in the contexts of domestic violence or historical child sexual abuse have not received much separate attention in previous studies, tending to be included in categories involving alleged offender known to victim or excluded altogether as involving under-16s. The article explores and compares these separate types of cases separately in order to increase our understanding of attrition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-188
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling
Issue number2
Early online date17 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

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Special Issue: Investigating Sexual Violence and Abuse

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  • Gender Research Group
  • SPS Centre for Gender and Violence Research


  • Rape attrition
  • police investigation
  • acquaintance rape
  • intimate domestic violence rape
  • historical child sexual abuse

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    Hester, M., Abrahams, H. A., Aghtaie, N., Bates, L., Eisenstadt, N., Gangoli, G., Matolcsi, A., Mulvihill, N., Patsios, D., Turner, W., Walker, S., Williamson, E., Robinson, A., McPhee, D., Rumney, P., Williams, A., Sterk, G. & Magnusson, L.


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