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The Use and Efficacy of Empathy in Police Interviews with Suspects of Sexual Offences

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Gavin Oxburgh


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Many researchers have argued that the use of empathy in police interviews is beneficial to the rapport building process, with some arguing that its use may actually increase the number of admissions from specific cohorts of suspected offenders. Many police training protocols and guidelines also suggest that officers should use empathy during investigative interviews, yet no distinct definition is provided. This paper will provide a review of the current literature in the area and will discuss the meaning of empathy and its effectiveness during police interviews with those suspected of committing sexual offences.

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Author(s): Oxburgh GE, Ost J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling

Year: 2011

Volume: 8

Issue: 2

Pages: 178-188

Print publication date: 25/07/2011

ISSN (print): 1544-4759

ISSN (electronic): 1544-4767

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


DOI: 10.1002/jip.143


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