Policing image-based sexual abuse: stakeholder perspectives

Flynn, A, Henry, N and Powell, A 2018, 'Policing image-based sexual abuse: stakeholder perspectives', Police Practice and Research, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 565-581.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Policing image-based sexual abuse: stakeholder perspectives
Author(s) Flynn, A
Henry, N
Powell, A
Year 2018
Journal name Police Practice and Research
Volume number 19
Issue number 6
Start page 565
End page 581
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Image-based sexual abuse (IBSA) refers to the non-consensual recording, distribution, or threat of distribution, of nude or sexual images. Over the past five years, numerous jurisdictions have amended their criminal laws to respond more effectively to this growing phenomenon, yet increased criminalization has not automatically translated into increased prosecutions. Drawing on stakeholder interviews with 52 Australian legal and policy experts, domestic and sexual violence advocates, industry representatives, police, and academics, this article examines law enforcement responses to IBSA in Australia. We argue that although there is evidence to suggest IBSA is being treated more seriously by police, there are five primary barriers to responding to IBSA, including: inconsistent laws; a lack of resources; evidentiary limitations; jurisdictional boundaries; and victim-blaming or harm minimization attitudes. Suggestions are made for how to respond to these challenges to facilitate more effective policing of IBSA.
Subject Criminological Theories
Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Keyword(s) Image-based sexual abuse
non-consensual sharing of intimate images
policing
revenge pornography
technology-facilitated sexual violence
DOI - identifier 10.1080/15614263.2018.1507892
Copyright notice © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
ISSN 1561-4263
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