Interviewing suspected offenders

Gavin E. Oxburgh, Ivor Fahsing, Kate Haworth, J. Peter Blair

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review


Poor practices in interrogation and interviewing techniques, including those that the scientific literature suggests are counterproductive in eliciting reliable information, have led to many miscarriages of justice around the world, undermining the reputation and trust of the legal processes and organizations involved. This chapter provides a background and history of interrogation and interviewing, one that includes a description of current models and practices and highlights the fundamental differences in the two primary philosophies in Western countries. The chapter also explores the ultimate purpose of interviewing and interrogation together with the questioning strategies that science suggests are the most effective. It is argued throughout the chapter that modern, scientifically backed, interviewing approaches should be used at all times, no matter the challenge or situation, as a pathway towards both the collection of accurate information and diligent adherence to the standards of international human rights.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunication in investigative and legal contexts
Subtitle of host publicationintegrated approaches from forensic psychology, linguistics and law enforcement
EditorsGavin Oxburgh, Trond Myklebust, Tim Grant, Rebecca Milne
Place of PublicationChirchester (UK)
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-1-118-76922-5, 978-1-118-76923-2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

Publication series

NameWiley series in psychology of crime, policing and law


  • communication
  • human rights
  • investigative interviewing
  • interrogation
  • linguistics
  • torture


Dive into the research topics of 'Interviewing suspected offenders'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this