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Crime Prevention in Australia: Issues in Policy and Research

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P O'Malley, A Sutton
Date Published
301 pages
This book brings together theory, research, policy, and relevant Australian practice in the context of international crime trends and debates; the primary goal is to summarize Australian experience in the design, implementation, and assessment of crime prevention strategies and the practical relevance of these strategies.
Several crime prevention strategies are described, including crime prevention through environmental design, situational crime prevention, early childhood or developmental crime prevention, community development, institutionally based crime prevention, diversion programs, and public education initiatives. Book contributors note instances in which crime prevention strategies have been successfully implemented in Australia, the impact of government policies and politics on crime prevention, and the need to bridge the gap between theory and practice in the field of criminology. Specific book chapters focus on crime prevention policy dilemmas, crime in public housing, police crime prevention, women and crime prevention, aboriginal crime prevention, white collar crime, youth crime prevention, and the prevention of drug-related harm. The concluding chapter outlines theoretical and policy issues criminologists need to work through if they want to make genuine contributions to crime prevention. References, tables, and figures