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Sexual and gender-based harassment against police employees in European countries: a scoping review
Umeå University, Sweden.
Umeå University, Sweden.
Södertörn University, School of Police Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1230-6720
Umeå University, Sweden.
2024 (English)In: Journal of Sexual Aggression, ISSN 1355-2600, E-ISSN 1742-6545Article, review/survey (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Sexual and gender-based harassment is a work environment concern, especially in hierarchical and male-dominant organisations such as the police. This scoping review aims to examine the existing literature on such harassment against police employees in Europe to identify the available knowledge and highlight the gaps for future studies. Following the Arksey and O'Malley framework, 16 relevant articles were analysed. Most of the studies were focused on sexual harassment, and gender-based harassment was mostly absent or mixed with other discriminations. The analysis resulted in six main themes: existence of sexual and gender-based harassment; perpetrators; associated factors; consequences; individual response; and impact of organisational policies. The findings demonstrate that such harassment remains prevalent among police employees, emphasising the need for continuous and rigorous supervision, evaluation, and comprehensive revision of policies by police authorities. This study recommends further research to address the identified gaps in this field.

PRACTICE IMPACT STATEMENT

The findings presented in this article have the potential to significantly advance the field of police research in Europe by providing a comprehensive map of existing knowledge and identifying important gaps within this research domain. Moreover, the study facilitates the application of more accurate and comprehensive methodologies. Additionally, the outcomes of this research can directly benefit police authorities by offering insights to enhance organizational culture and the work environment for police employees.

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Taylor & Francis, 2024.
Keywords [en]
Police, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, European countries, work environment, scoping review, WORKPLACE, EXPERIENCES, CULTURE, SUPPORT, IMPACT
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Work Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-53666DOI: 10.1080/13552600.2024.2316156Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85186191774OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-53666DiVA, id: diva2:1844953
Available from: 2024-03-15 Created: 2024-03-15 Last updated: 2024-03-15Bibliographically approved

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