'Why don't you block them?' Police officers' constructions of the ideal victim when responding to reports of interpersonal cybercrime

Black, A., Lumsden, K. and Hadlington, L. ORCID: 0000-0001-9095-0517, 2019. 'Why don't you block them?' Police officers' constructions of the ideal victim when responding to reports of interpersonal cybercrime. In: K. Lumsden and E. Harmer, eds., Online othering. Palgrave studies in cybercrime and cybersecurity . Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 355-378. ISBN 9783030126322

[img]
Preview
Text
14733_Hadlington.pdf - Pre-print

Download (243kB) | Preview

Abstract

This chapter explores police officers' responses to reports of interpersonal cybercrime by considering their construction of the 'ideal victim'. It contributes to knowledge on police officers' perceptions of cybercrime and their support for victims. The discussion draws on Nils Christie's (1986) concept of the 'ideal victim' to explore which individuals police officers most readily give the legitimate status of victim to. Three themes are discussed including: police officers' constructions of the 'ideal victim'; their attitudes towards victims in relation to prevention of cybercrime (i.e. 'block them') and; negotiations over responsibility for dealing with the emerging issue of cybercrime. The chapter argues that police forces must advance beyond an approach which entails victim-blaming and instead recognise the centrality of social media and online spaces in individuals' lives.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Black, A., Lumsden, K. and Hadlington, L.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Place of Publication: Cham
Date: 2019
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1007/978-3-030-12633-9_15DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Sep 2019 09:08
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 09:08
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37582

Actions (login required)

Edit View Edit View

Views

Views per month over past year

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year