Olivia Sinclair

Exploring Police Officers Decision Making in Contributing to the Attrition Problem in Rape Cases.

Email: osinclair1@shef.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr. Maggie Wykes, Dr. Gilly Sharpe


Law LL.B. (Hons), University of Sheffield
Masters in International Criminology (research pathway), University of Sheffield

Area of Research

Feminist Criminology; Rape; Sexual violence against women; Policing; The attrition Problem

Scope of Research

My research focuses on the attrition problem in rape cases in England and Wales. I primarily aim to understand what influences and the way police officers make decisions when investigating rape cases. Furthermore, the way such decision making shapes the levels of attrition in rape cases. By understanding the sources of attention I hope to suggest policy changes to counteract the high levels of case discontinuance.
I have conducted qualitative interviews, using vignettes, with police officers who have experience of working on rape cases.


Gender and Crime module

Research Centre

Centre for Criminological Research (CCR)