The Open UniversitySkip to content

How to develop evidence based practice to support witnesses on the autistic spectrum (ASD) when they give evidence

Lali, Dionysia; Pike, Graham and Ness, Hayley (2018). How to develop evidence based practice to support witnesses on the autistic spectrum (ASD) when they give evidence. In: 2018 Conference of the Society of Evidence Based Policing, 1-2 Mar 2018.

Full text available as:
PDF (Poster) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (583kB) | Preview
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


Current procedures for gathering evidence from witnesses can create significant anxiety to people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), due to difficulties with memory, language, social interaction, communication and face recognition. This can impact on the quality of evidence provided. Working with ASD witnesses could also be stressful to police officers, as they are the first to interact with witnesses that could require special assistance, and it is therefore vital for officers to be able to identify and support ASD witnesses. This empirical study aims to address these issues by investigating police officers’ perceptions, knowledge and understanding about ASD individuals as witnesses, as well how this translates into their practice, and is to develop operational procedures to improve policing practice, particularly for eyewitness identification procedures. The project seeks not only to identify areas where improvement might be needed, but also to develop and test procedures which make the most of research evidence based practices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Keywords: policing witness ASD autistic spectrum disorder ASD witnesses
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Research Group: Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL)
Item ID: 53943
Depositing User: Graham Pike
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2018 14:32
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 18:47
Share this page:

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU