Police, Victim and Co-victim Interaction: Insights from Australia

Amber Mckinley*, Colin Rogers

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Interacting with victims and co-victims of crime and other calls for help are a daily routine for police forces, and there have been many attempts to improve this vital function of policing in modern democratic societies. However, some groups in Australia remain unconvinced by police actions when they report incidents and are suspicious of the response they receive. This article provides insights concerning the way in which the police deal with victims and co-victims in Australia, utilizing a particular focus on high-profile sections of the community. These examples highlight some of the issues; the article concludes by suggesting that policing in Australia needs to be refocused to ensure officers understand the important role victims and co-victims play in reducing and detecting criminality, whilst also supporting the legitimization of the police role.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Victimology and Victim Justice
Issue number00
Early online date25 Mar 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Mar 2024


  • Vulnerable victims
  • Co-Victims
  • Police
  • Australia


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