Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


2 November 2016

Police interviews with child witnesses

Presented By Guusje Jol
  • 3-4:30 pm (a DARG event)
  • Brockington Building B1.14

About this event

Guusje Jol presents a data session (via Skype).

"My data are Dutch police interviews with child-witnesses (6-11 year-old). These children are usually interviewed as victims (or sometimes as ‘mere’ witness) of sexual assault and the (institutional) goal of the encounter is to elicit the child’s story about ‘what happened’. Police officers must have successfully completed a training that is mostly focused a) on avoiding suggestion and b) avoiding pressure on the child.

In the data session, I would like to focus on accounts in which the child shows agency with regard to the assault. More specifically, the excerpt(s) in the data session may include the child telling about attempts to escape from, physically or verbally resist their offender, how they (try to trick the offender), or how (s)he took measures afterwards (e.g. to catch the offender).

What I’m interested in is: sequential features, design features, the actions these accounts/displays perform and how all this might relate to the setting. Relevant literature is also very welcome.

(I do have ideas about this already, but I really would like to check if they make sense and collect other ideas during the data session.)”

This event is part of the the Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG) event series.