Centre of Forensic Interviewing


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Ms Kate Chenier

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


Kate holds a BA in English from the University of Alberta and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Criminology from Simon Fraser University.  During her time at Simon Fraser she was a volunteer facilitator and trainer with the Alternatives to Violence Project at William Head Correctional Institution on Vancouver Island.  She completed a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice with the University of Portsmouth, graduating in 2014.  Her Masters research, supervised by Prof. Becky Milne, concentrated on police victim and witness interview training and practice in the northern Canadian Territory of Nunavut, exploring officers’ understanding and use of Cognitive Interview techniques, and cultural considerations for interviews in the north.  Kate has worked for the last ten years as administrative support for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, at Cambridge Bay Detachment, in Nunavut.  Part of her role includes training police officers throughout the Territory on the use of the RCMP operational reporting software. 

Kate is now undertaking a PhD, supervised by Dr. Andrea Shawyer, Prof. Becky Milne, and Dr. Andy Williams, studying the flow of historical child sexual abuse complaints through the criminal justice system in Nunavut.  The focus of her research is on police interviews with victims of historical child sexual abuse, to ascertain how the victim’s story is elicited and which aspects of a complaint lead to attrition.  Further, the research will explore how a victim’s story is perceived by all parties (police officers, lawyers, judges, victims) and represented in court, with a view to understanding and ultimately enhancing the process, to achieve justice for victims.

Research interests:

Victim and witness interviewing, memory in historical child sexual abuse investigations, cultural issues in Cognitive Interviewing, Narrative Criminology, Restorative Justice, cross-cultural and Indigenous methodologies.