Male victims of sexual violence and their welfare in the Criminal Justice System

Widanaralalage, K., Hine, B. A. and Murphy, A. D. 2023. Male victims of sexual violence and their welfare in the Criminal Justice System . in: Tarrant, A., Ladlow, L. and Way, L. (ed.) Men and their Welfare London Routledge.

Chapter titleMale victims of sexual violence and their welfare in the Criminal Justice System
AuthorsWidanaralalage, K., Hine, B. A. and Murphy, A. D.
EditorsTarrant, A., Ladlow, L. and Way, L.
Abstract

Male victims of sexual violence currently receive little attention in the UK, despite evidence indicating a growing number of men reporting sexual offences to the police and seeking psychological support for sexual trauma. Such issues are situated against a backdrop of substantial, gender-specific barriers for men around recognising, disclosing, and seeking support for their victimisation. Additionally, concerns have been raised around the efficacy of police officers in providing support throughout reporting and the investigation process, with findings indicating that male rape victims are often met with disbelief and scepticism and find the Criminal Justice process retraumatising. As such, increasing understanding around men’s experiences within the Criminal Justice System (CJS) is critical in aiding the production of gender-inclusive, trauma-informed strategies that recognise victims’ gender/sexuality-specific needs. This chapter therefore aims to provide evidence-based, victim-centric guidance on effectively supporting male victims of sexual violence, across the multiple institutions of the UK CJS in order to ensure gender-specific and inclusive care for victim-survivors. It does so by overviewing current issues in the policing and service provision of male rape allegations and by examining men’s welfare in the context of multiple UK CJS institutions. It will then review research conducted in the UK on the welfare of male survivors across key investigative moments, from reporting, involvement of third sector victim-support services, officer responses and investigative practices, to referral to the Crown Prosecution Service, before concluding with recommendations for policy and practice

Book titleMen and their Welfare
Year2023
PublisherRoutledge
Publication dates
Published30 Dec 2022
Published in print2023
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN9781032014869
9781032014838
9781003178811
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003178811-14

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