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Policing the culture of silence: strategies to increase the reporting of sexual abuse in British South Asian communities

Harrison, Karen; Gill, Aisha K.


Karen Harrison

Aisha K. Gill


The policing of black and minority ethnic communities have a chequered history, with institutional racism, over policing and under protection being rife. While there have been several studies completed on policing and race, very little has looked at the intersectionality of race, gender and policing. Taking into account relevant literature which suggests that aspects of community policing may still suffer from institutional racism and based on original empirical research, this article attempts to contribute to a small literature base by concentrating on the low level of sexual abuse reporting from South Asian women and in particular on how four British police force areas currently respond to sexual abuse incidents where the victim is a member of the British South Asian community. In addition to evaluating these police responses we explore what more can be done by the police and other organisations to help increase the sexual abuse reporting rates from this and other ethnic groupings.


Harrison, K., & Gill, A. K. (2019). Policing the culture of silence: strategies to increase the reporting of sexual abuse in British South Asian communities. Policing and Society, 29(3), 302-317.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 12, 2017
Online Publication Date Nov 20, 2017
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Nov 16, 2017
Publicly Available Date May 21, 2019
Journal Policing & Society
Print ISSN 1043-9463
Electronic ISSN 1477-2728
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 3
Pages 302-317
Keywords Sexual abuse reporting rates; South Asian women; Police practice; Multi-agency working
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Policing & society on 20/11/2017, available online:

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