Communication in Investigative and Legal Contexts: Integrated Approaches from Forensic Psychology, Linguistics....pdf

Communication in Investigative and Legal Contexts: Integrated Approaches from Forensic Psychology, Linguistics....pdf


Communication in Forensic Contexts provides in-depth coverage of the complex area of communication in forensic situations. Drawing on expertise from forensic psychology, linguistics and law enforcement worldwide, the text bridges the gap between these fields in a definitive guide to best practice. * Offers best practice for understanding and improving communication in forensic contexts, including interviewing of victims, witnesses and suspects, discourse in courtrooms, and discourse via interpreters * Bridges the knowledge gaps between forensic psychology, forensic linguistics and law enforcement, with chapters written by teams bringing together expertise from each field * Published in collaboration with the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, dedicated to furthering evidence-based practice and practice-based research amongst researchers and practitioners * International, cross-disciplinary team includes contributors from North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, and from psychology, linguistics and forensic practice

Dr Gavin Oxburgh is a Forensic and Chartered Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist, and a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Newcastle University, UK. He is the Chair and founding director of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG; He previously served with the Royal Air Force Police, specialising in the investigation of sexual offences. He has recently developed training for investigators from the International Criminal Court, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the United Nations Development Programme.

Dr Trond Myklebust is Assistant Chief of Police with the Norwegian Police University College (NPUC), a public university conducting research in areas such as psychology, police science and law. He has a background in police work, theoretical and practical experience in forensic psychology, and has specialised in investigation and forensic psychology in Norway and internationally. He is a member of the INTERPOL Specialist Group on Crimes against Children, and Deputy Director/co-founder of the iIIRG.

Dr Tim Grant is a Professor of Forensic Linguistics and Director of the Centre for Forensic Linguistics in the School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, UK. He has qualifications in both linguistics and psychology and is particularly interested in the interaction between forensic linguistics and forensic psychology. His main research interests are in forensic authorship analysis and the conversations, which occur between attackers and victims in cases of serious sexual assault.

Dr Becky Milne is Reader in Forensic Psychology in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK. She leads the distance learning degrees for investigators and police officers and, in 2010, opened the Centre of Forensic Interviewing. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, and the British Journal of Forensic Practice. Becky works closely with police and criminal justice organisations, and is the author/editor of several books.


Editors’ Biographies

Contributors’ Biographies

Series Preface

1. Communication in investigative and legal settings: Introduction and contexts
Gavin Oxburgh, Trond Myklebust, Tim Grant & Rebecca Milne

Communication, language and memory

2. Exploring types and functions of questions in police interviews
Tim Grant, Jennifer Taylor, Gavin Oxburgh, Trond Myklebust

3. Recall, verbatim memory and remembered narratives
James Ost, Tim Grant, DS Gary Pankhurst, Alan Scoborio

Communicating with victims and witnesses

4. Interviewing child witnesses
David La Rooy, Julia Korkman, Trond Myklebust, Georgina Heydon

5. Interviewing adult witnesses and victims
Coral Dando, Ed Geiselman, Nicci MacLeod, Andy Griffiths

6. The role of initial accounts within the investigative process
Fiona Gabbert, Lorraine Hope, Elizabeth Carter, Roel Boon, Ron Fisher

Communicating with suspects

7. Interviewing suspected offenders
Gavin Oxburgh, Ivar Fashing, Kate Haworth, Pete Blair

8. A (nearly) 360° perspective of the interrogation process: Communicating with high-value targets
Fadia Narchet, Melissa Russano, Steve Kleinman & Chris Meissner

Communicating in the courtroom

9. Courtroom questioning and discourse
Emily Henderson, Mark Kebbell, Chris Heffer

10. Expert witness communication
Lorna Fadden and Larry Solan

Specific communicative tasks

11. Hostage and crisis negotiation
Ole Andre Braten, Michel St Yves, Terry Royce, Marty Laforest

12. Verbal Lie Detection
Aldert Vrij, Paul Taylor, Isabel Picornell

13. Vulnerable Individuals, Intermediaries, and Justice
Brendan O’Mahony, Ruth Marchant and Lorna Fadden

14. The interpreter-mediated police interview
Yvonne Fowler, Martin Vaughan and Jaqueline Wheatcroft

Conclusion and future

15. Improving communicative practice: Beyond the cognitive interview for adult eyewitnesses
Nina Westera, Martine Powell, Yvonne Fowler

16. Communication in forensic contexts: Future directions and conclusions
Trond Myklebust, Tim Grant, Rebecca Milne, Gavin Oxburgh



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