A peer-led diversionary intervention for veterans in police custody: exploring reasons for non-engagement

Maguire, Linda, Sondhi, Arun, Leidi, Allesandro and Weston, Claire (2024) A peer-led diversionary intervention for veterans in police custody: exploring reasons for non-engagement. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. ISSN 0306-624X

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UK veterans with complex needs arrested in police custody can access support through pre-charge diversion into treatment and ancillary services. We consider why veterans in police custody disengaged from a peer-led criminal justice diversionary support service in one UK region that adopted a continuous case management approach. Seven hundred and fifty-seven veterans were assessed to have high levels of comorbid health needs and socio-economic harms, with one-quarter (26.7%, n = 202) subsequently disengaging from the service. A logistic regression model using Multivariate Imputation by Chained Equations identified that veterans of a younger age, no-fixed-abode, a history of incarceration, and those from a Royal Navy background were likelier to disengage from the intervention. We conclude that this peer-based diversionary model has some efficacy in maintaining the engagement of a highly complex, comorbid segment of criminally-justice-exposed UK military veterans. The perceived benefits of an integrated peer-based model predicated on continuous case-management techniques are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: diversion, peer-led, criminal justice
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Other Departments (Central units) > Research & Enterprise
Depositing User: Linda Maguire
Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 10:48
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 10:48
URI: https://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3731

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