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Effective evaluation of forensic interviews: The Forensic Interview Trace (FIT)©

Farrugia, Laura, Oxburgh, Gavin and Gabbert, Fiona (2019) Effective evaluation of forensic interviews: The Forensic Interview Trace (FIT)©. Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice, 10 (1). pp. 20-31. ISSN 2227-7420

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Forensic interviewing forms an integral part of a police/law enforcement officer’s main duties and responsibilities. However, not every interviewer possesses suitable interview skills to be able to complete this effectively and despite the introduction of the PEACE model of interviewing, with the last ‘E’ focusing specifically on ‘Evaluation’, this stage of the interview
model rarely gets the attention it deserves. This is concerning given the need for forensic interviews to be ethical, productive and admissible. The Forensic Interview Trace (FIT)© is a recently developed tool designed to record all aspects of a forensic interview including questioning, interviewee responses and interview/interviewee characteristics. The development
of this tool is considered within the context of a forensic interview and in comparison to similar tools, namely the Griffiths Question Map (GQM). Whilst still in its infancy and requiring empirical testing and validation, it is anticipated that the FITã will assist with the effective
evaluations of forensic interviews in order to ensure compliance with relevant guidance and legislation, as well as ensuring that effective interview skills pertain to best practice.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Forensic interviews, police, evaluation of police interviews, questioning, information gain
Depositing User: Laura Farrugia


Item ID: 11045
ISSN: 2227-7420
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Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2019 13:19
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2020 10:50


Author: Laura Farrugia ORCID iD
Author: Gavin Oxburgh
Author: Fiona Gabbert

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing
Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Psychology



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