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CriminologyTV encore of the crime prevention keynotes

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1 July 2014

Last month over 250 violence and crime prevention researchers and practitioners converged at the Melbourne Convention Centre. We heard keynotes and papers across a wide spectrum of topics on the prevention of crime and violence – problems that are at the forefront of social instability, poor health outcomes, family dysfunction, and social dislocation, not to mention the immense cost to the community in terms of economic loss, and the cost of justice and corrections.

The keynote addresses of this major conference are now available on the AIC’s CriminologyTV.

Several keynote speakers presented on some of the best crime prevention outcomes from the past 20 years: for example the opening address was from Scottish violence prevention expert Karyn Mccluskey on her policing and intervention programs that are successfully tackling the culturally engrained gang problems that made Scotland one of the most violent countries in Europe.

From the US, Professor Richard Catalano, Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Washington University, discussed the suite of Communities that Care programs which are used around the world to help communities themselves intervene to prevent crime and poor health outcomes. Professor Catalano addressed the evaluations of programs that have proved successful.

The challenges of a broad-based change-management program  were discussed by Superintendent Bruce Bird, New Zealand Police National Crime Prevention Manager who ensured crime prevention was directly embedded into the operational policing tool-kit available to NZ police.

On violence against women, Heather Nancarrow, Chief Executive of Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS), took delegates through the policy past and into the policy future of countering domestic violence, and the task ahead for ANROWS.

Professor Nick Tilley, Director of the University College London Security Science Research Training Centre, led delegates through his rich trove of research and personal insight and experience on problem solving, policing, and situational crime.

Dr Julie Rudner, from the Community Planning and Development Program, La Trobe University,  took delegates through the paradox  of risk and safety in public places and “How safe is ‘safe enough’”.

Image: Professor Richard Catalano

Many other conference presentations are available on the AIC website where you can read many presentations: from exponents of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design; research into CCTV; the night time economy and community empowerment. There are also presentations from local governments such as the cities of Sydney and Melbourne on their projects to make their communities safe, and presentations from crisis and health centre practitioners and a plethora of other crime prevention exponents.

And photographs of the event are available on our Flickr page:

Posted: 11 July 2014 | | | | | |