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Risk factors in Indigenous violent victimisation

Technical and background paper no. 30

Colleen Bryant and Matthew Willis
ISBN 978 1 921185 96 0 ISSN 1445-7261
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 2008

Abstract

Indigenous Australians are subject to higher rates of violent victimisation than other Australians. Based on data from surveys, service providers and the criminal justice system, this report examines how Indigenous violent victimisation rates vary with demographic, psychological and cultural factors. Determining victimisation risk, while constrained by data and survey information, enables identification of how risk is affected at community, local and regional levels to allow for implementation of localised prevention strategies. Reduction of victimisation risks through addressing external environmental influences requires a multifaceted and holistic approach.