Attrition in rape cases: Developing a profile and identifying relevant factors

Lea, Susan J.; Lanvers, Ursula and Shaw, Steve (2003). Attrition in rape cases: Developing a profile and identifying relevant factors. British Journal of Criminology, 43(3) pp. 583–599.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/43.3.583

Abstract

This study sought to develop a profile of rape cases within a Constabulary in the South West of England, and identity factors associated with attrition. All cases of rape or attempted rape of a female or male over the age of 16 from 1996 to 2000 were identified. Quantitative and qualitative data on 379 cases was collected using the CIS and questionnaires sent to the relevant Chief Investigating Officer. The profile of attrition differed in several respects from previous research. Analysis of the extensive written comments provided by the officers afforded insight into the police perspective on rape. The findings are discussed with reference to future research and practice.

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