Ros Burnett discusses her research on Victoria Derbyshire Show.
Dr Ros Burnett, Research Associate in the Centre for Criminology, discussed her research into how people who are wrongly accused of a crime are affected afterwards on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire Show.
You can watch the show via the BBC iPlayer (c.07:00 on the clock)
The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust: Victims’ Voices by Carolyn Hoyle, Ros Burnett, and Naomi-Ellen Speechley highlights the lasting harm caused by wrongful allegations, more likely in a current social and legal climate committed to correcting past and preventing future injustice.
The research, which was published in a leading academic journal, documents the findings of thirty interviews with victims of false accusation who were legally innocent. Interviewees reported ruined careers, damage to their families, and experience of a mental trauma outlasting their sometimes brief encounters with the criminal justice system. Many others reporting similar experiences have since been in contact with Hoyle and Burnett to thank them for their work, some commenting that the report had brought them to tears.
Ros has also edited a book ‘WRONGFUL ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL AND CHILD ABUSE’ (Oxford University Press, 2016) which covers the subject more widely.