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November 2015

[ANZAPPL Free Lecture] Improving outcomes for violent offenders and reducing violent behaviour: Where to next?

November 19, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
State Library of Victoria (Village Roadshow Theatrette), 328 Swanston St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Violence is amongst the most pervasive and harmful of antisocial behaviours. It causes substantial personal and social burdens, and has significant health care, legal and justice system costs. According to the 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention, a joint publication of the WHO, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and United Nations Development Program, there were 475000 homicides across the world in 2012. Violence is a leading cause of death among young people and results in millions of non-fatal injuries that receive emergency medical care. A large and diverse array of research is conducted under the broad terms of aggression and violence and there is a wide array of legal, clinical and social interventions whose stated objective is to prevent violence. Novel methods for preventing violence and managing violent offenders are regularly unveiled. Despite bold promise many of the strategies lack evidence are they are inconsistent with established offender rehabilitation principles. This talk will review extant knowledge concerning the treatment and management of violent offenders and explore opportunities for enhancing outcomes, focusing in particular on those people who engage in persistent and serious violent offending.

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