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Social isolation ib pcc

  1. 1. www.northantspcc.org.uk Social Isolation Iain Britton, Chief Executive June 2014
  2. 2. www.northantspcc.org.uk Social isolation of victims “Without intervention, victims can become chronically dysfunctional – afraid to venture out at night, alienated from neighbors and friends, distrustful... Their withdrawal from life hurts their families and weakens the fabric of the community” US Department of Justice, 1998
  3. 3. www.northantspcc.org.uk United Nations Crime Victim Survey Not victimised Victimised once Repeat victimisation Trust the police to do a good job? 56.0% 41.9% 34.4% Avoid dangerous places/going out after dark 36.3% 47.7% 55.3% Mostly think neighbourhood residents help each other 41.6% 34.3% 29.8%
  4. 4. www.northantspcc.org.uk Other factors associated with victimisation  Health problems  Negative self-image; negative feelings; shame; guilt; worthlessness; anxiety; depression  Fear of judgement  Lack of trust  Relationship problems  Alcohol abuse
  5. 5. www.northantspcc.org.uk Wider associations...  Being victimised is associated with increased social isolation (often beyond the individual victim)  Fear of crime increases social isolation  Fear of crime reduces mobility/use of space  Being socially isolated increases risk of victimisation  Being more involved (in social/community activities) reduces fear of crime  Those involved in community anti-crime activities felt more in control, less socially isolated and less fearful of crime
  6. 6. www.northantspcc.org.uk What is good from a community safety perspective?  Active community action/problem-solving (against crime, or for wider community benefits)  Intergenerational contact/ understanding/ appreciation (and likewise around diversity etc.)  Activism/campaigning (on behalf of victims, etc.)  Fear reduction?  Victim assistance/support  Anything that reduces social isolation is good for crime reduction...

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