Sexually Abused Children – Prosecutors' Experiences of their Participation in the Legal Process in Sweden
2013 (English)In: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, ISSN 1321-8719, E-ISSN 1934-1687, Vol. 20, no 2, 273-283 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The purpose of the present study was to interview prosecutors, based on their experiences working with children who have been sexually abused. The informants were seven prosecutors identified from the records of three public prosecution offices in three cities in Sweden. The informants' experiences were elicited via individual in-depth semi-structured interviews. The interviews were carried out and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Three themes emerged: (1) difficulties with evidence of criminal conduct, (2) children's special needs, and (3) children's dependence on adults. Informants' descriptions of how they perceived the children in the legal process were associated with their experience of the difficulty of finding proof of the crime. Informants were found to experience difficulties when they encounter children in the legal process. As prosecutors they often face difficulties proving that the child has been exposed to crime.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2013. Vol. 20, no 2, 273-283 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-85551DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2012.666017ISI: 000317296300010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-85551DiVA: diva2:571564