Police contact with people with an intellectual disability: the independent third person perspective

Ben Spivak, Stuart David Michael Thomas

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A number of jurisdictions have instituted legislation requiring an independent person to be present during police interviews with vulnerable people. In Victoria, Australia, a group of volunteers known as Independent Third Persons help to fulfil this role with people who present with cognitive impairment arising from their mental illness or disability. This study sought to explore the perspectives of the Independent Third Person volunteers on police identification of and responses to people with intellectual disability (ID).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635 - 646
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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