NSfK ResearchSeminar 2021 – Videos on YouTube

Some of the Nordic criminologists who were to participate in this year´s researchseminar share their research in ia short videoclips published on NSfK YouTube channel.

Sarah van Mastrigt, Associate professor, Aarhus University

Can a brief trauma-informed intervention impact Danish police recruits’ perceptions of sexual assault victims?

Description of the video-presentation:
In the video, Sarah van Mastrigt outlines findings from a randomized experiment designed to test the effects of a brief e-learning intervention targeted at Danish police recruits. The primary focus of the e-learning module, developed by the Center for Rape Victims at Aarhus University hospital, was to provide future police officers with trauma-informed knowledge regarding the wide range of emotional reactions that victims may display during and following sexual assault, and the implications of this knowledge for professional practice. Over 500 police recruits participated in the study, with half randomized to receive the intervention. Compared to controls, the e-learning group demonstrated better knowledge about rape, more nuanced credibility judgments, and decreased acceptance of rape myths. These findings suggest that brief, trauma-informed interventions may provide a valuable supplement to traditional sexual assault training for police recruits.

Mathilde Salskov Sams, PhD-student at Ilisimatusarfik/ Unversity of Greenland and Aalborg University

Resocialization of persons with sexually abusive behaviour in Greenland: A qualitative study of opportunities and challenges associated with resocializing efforts

Description of the video-presentation:
Sexual abuse of children and young people is quite common in Greenland. The hypothesis of the PhD project is that ia resocialization of sexual offenders can contribute to the coexistence between offender and victim in smaller societies and prevent recidivism of offenders. How perpetrators of sexually abusive behavior can be resocialized is unresolved. By resocialisation is meant measures that can contribute to a perpetrator re-establishing a normal life in society and does not fall into recidivism. The hypothesis of the PhD project is that the study of opportunities and challenges associated with resocialization of offenders can build a basic knowledge, which can be implemented by practitioners. The starting point for the project is qualitative, empirical knowledge will be obtained by semi-structured interviews and  a systematic literature review will be conducted to clarify which evidence-based resocializing efforts exist in countries comparable to Greenland. When offenders are resocialized and do not relapse, it will have a positive effect on the smaller, Greenlandic communities.