Jennifer Brown

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    The sexual harassment merry-go-round: what we know about Britain’s under-reported problem

The sexual harassment merry-go-round: what we know about Britain’s under-reported problem

In light of the resignation of Michael Fallon, and the various other allegations that have emerged about public figures, Jennifer Brown looks at the evidence and discusses why sexual harassment seems to be a perpetual feature of our culture.

Sir Michael Fallon was the first Parliamentarian to fall on his sword in the wake of the emerging sexual harassment scandal […]

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    Make America Cruel Again?: A pragmatic analysis of why torture does not work

Make America Cruel Again?: A pragmatic analysis of why torture does not work

Jennifer Brown reviews some of the psychological evidence challenging the assumption that torture works as an interrogation technique. In light of Donald Trump’s recent comments on the use of torture, she suggests that the moral case is more effective in persuading people to oppose torture than pragmatic arguments.

‘Does it work? Does torture work?’ and the answer was ‘Yes, absolutely’. […]

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    Defending Helen Archer – marital rape and the role of expert testimony in cases involving domestic abuse

Defending Helen Archer – marital rape and the role of expert testimony in cases involving domestic abuse

Jennifer Brown, Jeannie Mackie and Yvonne Shell offer psychological, legal and clinical commentary on the Helen Archer (Titchener) attempted murder trial as portrayed in Radio 4’s The Archers. The complexities of the case are discussed in light of the apparent initial unwillingness of the defendant to provide full details of the domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of […]

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    Hillsborough and other police scandals: why we need to focus on ‘cop culture’

Hillsborough and other police scandals: why we need to focus on ‘cop culture’

Lord Stevens and Jennifer Brown were respectively chair and deputy chair of the Independent Commission into Policing. Here, they comment on the role played by police culture in the Hillsborough disaster and in other failed investigations, offering some thoughts on how to rebuild trust and confidence after such tragedies.

The death of 96 Liverpool football fans and injury to over […]

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    A ‘Helen Archer’ moment? The abused, the perpetrator and the fall-out from domestic violence

A ‘Helen Archer’ moment? The abused, the perpetrator and the fall-out from domestic violence

The huge interest generated by The Archers domestic abuse story line has raised awareness that behind the closed doors of supposedly nice, middle class families, sexual violence may lurk, and it is not only a phenomenon of the disadvantaged and dispossessed. After putting the storyline into context, Professor Jennifer Brown takes a further look at the profiles of those who abuse and […]

It is time for the Police Service to change

There is little doubt, after endless scandals and shortcomings have come to light, that the Police Service is in need of change. The work to change needs to begin with the internal culture of the police, says Jennifer Brown.

The strapline for this year’s Police Federation’s conference (19th -22nd May) is ‘Blueprint for change’ and sets the tone  in the light […]

‘Policing for a Better Britain’: It is high time to revisit our model of policing and re-fashion the police service

Today, the Independent Police Commission released a report recommending reform of the police service in Britain. It argues, amongst other things, that the police and crime commissioners experiment has failed and advocates an alternative approach which in part will depend on how the police are to be structurally re-organised. Reviewing the report, Jennifer Brown hopes it provides the opportunity to re-fashion the […]

November 25th, 2013|Jennifer Brown|0 Comments|

We must deal with police abuse of the promise to protect and serve

Jennifer Brown argues that discrimination and harassment have been consistent features of policewomen’s experiences and appear in many jurisdictions. One possible solution to this problem is the creation of a professional body for the police that lays out clear standards of conduct, holds regulatory hearings, and deals with offenders. The opening of the Danish TV cop drama The Killing sees […]