Journal of Forensic Research

ISSN: 2157-7145

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Jesus De La Torre Laso

Department of Social Psychology and Antropology, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain

  • Research Article   
    Tonic Immobility in Victims of Sexual Violence in the Spanish Forensic Context
    Author(s): Jesus De La Torre Laso*

    Tonic Immobility (TI) is a state of temporary involuntary motor inhibition that occurs in states of intense fear and has been studied among victims of sexual violence. Studies on TI are scarce and have mainly focused on rape victims, on describing the prevalence of this phenomenon, the variables involved or the consequences it causes at the psychological level and on its subsequent treatment. There are no studies that analyse the presence of TI in the legal and forensic context. The present study is an analysis of the presence of the TI phenomenon in the legal and forensic context, which aims to describe its relevance in this context. A review of court rulings containing the expression tonic immobility in the legal database CENDOJ, of the Spanish Ministry of Justice, has been carried out. The results show a worrying absence of judgments where this phenomenon ha.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.37421/2157-7145.2023.14.561

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