Centre of Forensic Interviewing

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Ms Jemma Hodgkins

  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3927
  • Email: jemma.hodgkins@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Biography

Jemma graduated in 2013 obtaining a first class honours reading BSc Criminology and Forensic Studies at the University of Portsmouth. Prior to starting she worked in the legal profession for six years.  She is now working towards her PhD in the Institute of Criminal Justice department at Portsmouth with Dr Becky Milne as her supervisor. Her research aim is to explore and understand investigative and evidential arguments in relation to video recorded evidence in sexual assault cases.

 

Research

Jemma is assisting Dr Becky Milne with a research project that aims to improve police interviewing and statement taking from witnesses. To do this, she is currently transcribing tape recordings of the witness interviews and highlighting the discrepancies made from the spoken interview to the written statement using a coding system ready for analysis.

As her undergraduate dissertation project, Jemma’s research examined views from criminal justice professionals regarding the issue of the medium in which witness evidence in chief is presented, a topic that has driven interesting debate nationally. The research concerned three inter-related areas; (i) views regarding perceptions of witness testimony and certain terms that are often used when determining its credence, (ii) views on the way the police gather information and how this impacts on witness evidence in chief, and (iii) perceptions of the medium in which evidence in chief is presented in the courtroom