Additions, Omissions, and Transformations in Institutional ‘Retellings’ of Domestic Violence

Lynn, Nicholas and Canning, Patricia (2021) Additions, Omissions, and Transformations in Institutional ‘Retellings’ of Domestic Violence. Language and Law = Linguagem e Direito, 8 (1). pp. 76-96. ISSN 2183-3745

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In this paper we examine how UK police officers investigating domestic violence (DV) make a formal written case to Crown Prosecutors. Using rarely accessed ‘management guidance’ reports (MG3 forms) we analyses how police of-officers’ written contributions appeal to relevance and how they can ‘nudge’ prosecutors towards particular methods of case disposal, specifically, the ‘Simple Caution’.We propose that linguistic strategies can reduce the likelihood of convictions, and we raise serious concerns about the impact of police officers’ institutional ‘retellings’ in the pursuit of justice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Simple Caution, Charging decisions, Domestic Violence, Relevance
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2022 12:09
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2022 12:15

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