Law and Crime

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Judges are not perfect, but we expect them to approach their cases clinically and with detachment, interpreting them on their merits, uninfluenced by stereotypes around skin colour, age, or … gender.

But a new study duscussed on our Research Digest blog has analysed the sentencing remarks made by judges in domestic murder cases (defined as murder between heterosexual spouses) and found that they framed killings by men in far more lenient and forgiving terms than killings by women.

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Witnesses to crimes make fewer errors when they are interviewed together than when they are interviewed separately says a study published in the Journal of Legal and Criminological Psychology. This is contrary to current police guidelines that say to interview witnesses separately.

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Psychologists can help police officers to understand and resist myths about rape victims in an effort to improve the current conviction rate for the crime.

That is the conclusion of research presented to the annual conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology this week by Dr Anthony Murphy and Dr Ben Hine.

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When we think of crime scene forensics, it’s easy to view it as the objective end of criminal investigation. Witnesses waffle, suspects slide around from the truth, and jurors can be misled by emotive evidence.

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Highly experienced expert witnesses will give practical advice on effective practice to reduce the anxiety of those wishing to consider this vital work.

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Child Abuse is a significant issue which requires practitioners and agencies to work together if those affected are to receive the support and protection that they need.

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A clear and structured introduction to a number of current professional and ethical issues likely to be encountered within psychological practice

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Awareness of the alienation process reduces the risk of unwitting collusion by practitioners, improving outcomes for children & families

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Former Ministry of Justice Chief Psychologist Graham Towl (University of Durham) has become chair of an innovative Sexual Violence Taskforce at the university – the first of its kind in the UK.

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The first set of discipline specific guidance documents for expert witnesses in England and Wales developed jointly by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and The Family Justice Council (FJC) are available online.

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The British Psychological Society has published new guidance on Access to Sexually Explicit Illegal Material for the Purpose of Assessment, Intervention and Research.

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An in-depth interview with a formerly violent right-wing extremist has provided psychologists with rare insights into the processes of disengagement and deradicalisation.

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Are professionals better than the rest of us at spotting wrongdoing?

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Learn how to choose, interpret and use psychometric assessments as an Expert Witness in court.

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09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends

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Learn how to present your Expert Witness Testimony to the courts and be prepared to face challenges made by the legal profession.

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Learn how the Expert Witness Report is the foundation of Expert Witness work and how it should meet the court’s expectations.

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Learn essential knowledge of becoming an expert witness to the court.

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09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends
Details 

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Monday 5th September 2016 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

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Wednesday 20th July 2016 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

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A guest post from Richard Stephens on our Research Digest blog looks at recent research into the factors that may lead people to violence, and that may yet he

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Most people are poor at detecting whether someone is lying, at least partly because most people think mistakenly that things like shifty eye movements and fidgeting hands are reliable signs of deception.

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DCP Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology - Spring Meeting 2016 

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Event information

It has been estimated that more than 80% of criminal cases are solved by a confession, and any conviction based on a confession alone is considered to be safe as the law, and juries, assume that a person would not confess

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Unfortunately this workshop is now cancelled. 

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This workshop covers essential aspects of diagnosis and assessment of psychological trauma.

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