Australia has been described as being in “the acute phase of a chronic disease”, and that chronic disease is violent crime.
Like any disease, unless treated early it can spread, from the domestically violent household to violent street gang behaviour and subsequently more serious crimes.
Early intervention programs with children, their parents and schools are an important component in the overall strategy to reduce violence behaviour.
Individuals need to be made well aware of what is and what is not socially acceptable behaviour as well as to understand the consequence of violent behaviour on victims and their families.
Addressing violence is a public responsibility with family, schools and other relevant parties, such as health practitioners, at the front line. A community approach is necessary.
While violent behaviour and violent crimes may never be eradicated we may be able to prevent it becoming chronic if we act now and target young people.
For victims of crime support and advice call 1800 000 055 or go to www.victimsofcrime.com.au