• Rachael AplinEmail author


This chapter presents conclusions and recommendations to improve HBA policing practices. Police officers do not reflect one monolithic police culture, with classic depictions failing to reflect the complex interactions between victims, perpetrators and professionals. Dominant factors in decision-making revolve around whether the victim was perceived as blameworthy or reluctant to prosecute or whether professionals mistrusted the victim as “non-genuine.” Many of the patterned discretionary practices were functional strategies and centralised on unscrupulous officers providing rationale to decriminalise incidents and support their “no-crime” decisions, which included “accepting” the narratives advanced by perpetrators. The most salient trait was the pragmatism of some officers in their preoccupation with personal workload reduction. The impact left victims, including children and vulnerable adults, exposed to secondary victimisation, under-policed, under-protected and with unmet needs.


Discretionary police practices Deconstructing crime Pragmatism of officers Personal workload reduction 


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