The role of alcohol in initial help-seeking telephone calls about domestic violence to the police

Emma Richardson*, Marc Alexander, Elizabeth Stokoe

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper investigates how domestic violence and abuse, its underreporting and its links with alcohol consumption, manifest in and impact the outcome of help-seeking telephone calls to UK-based police services. Conversation analysis of call-takers' questions about alcohol found that they either 1) focused only on the perpetrator's drinking, and occurred after informing callers that help was being dispatched, or 2) targeted both victims' and perpetrators' drinking, and complicated the decisions to dispatch police assistance. The paper helps specify the communicative practices that may constitute victims' negative experiences of disclosing domestic violence and abuse to police.
Original languageEnglish
JournalViolence Against Women
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 9 Apr 2024

Keywords

  • Domestic violence
  • emergency calls
  • alcohol consumption
  • question design
  • conversation analysis

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