• Recent Posts on Crime Victim Rights, Violence Prevention and Smart Policing

  • Invest Now in Effective Prevention to Stop Harm from Personal Violence and Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

    We have strong scientific knowledge and reasons to reduce violent crime in cities by 50% or more before 2030. In the last thirty years, a Sea-Change has occurred in the growth of knowledge on what is effective in preventing crime and victimization. This knowledge, and how to apply it, is available in Smarter Crime Control, using government and inter-governmental sources, such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

    We need now a Sea-Change in investment in effective prevention in sectors such as schools, social services, public participation and health as well as problem solving policing and courts. Governments have resolved to prevent violence, and reduce its serious consequences, at WHO, UNODC, UN-Habitat, UNICEF and UN Women, such as in their new roadmap – INSPIRE.

    But more is needed to overcome political inertia and false myths as well as foster the positive transformations to reduce personal violence significantly by 2030, consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

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    Eliminating Violence in Canadian Homes and Streets

    It is time for Canada to be a beacon for sound and compassionate policies to reduce its rates of violence, violence against women, and homicide below the average of other advanced nations. It is time for Canada to reduce those rates for Indigenous peoples to the rates for non-indigenous.

    This is more politically possible than we think. We have the knowledge. We have government commitments. We just need to help governments to act intentionally now to meet their targets by 2030. This requires investment now in applying that knowledge to ¨upstream¨ prevention that is people-centred and evidence based. We need them to change from continuing to add more to the many billions they have added to reacting rather than solving problems. Instead they need to shape our world by making up for the lag in investment in prevention with more modest but still billions to stop the problems in the first place.

    Actions now must include a national crime prevention strategy, a national office for crime prevention, and sustained investment in upstream prevention where it is most needed.

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    Governments have knowledge to intentionally reduce interpersonal violence significantly

    Knowledge and experience accumulated in the last 20 years provide hope for cities to become much safer, as we have learnt:

    1. Violence in cities continues to cause significant harm to people and loss of sustainable development and so demands urgent smarter investment in effective solutions:

    a. epidemic levels of injuries and loss of life continue for disadvantaged young men from street violence, particularly in Latin America,
    b. sexual and intimate partner violence inflicts pain and loss of quality of life on women and children, and
    c. terrorism threatens peace;

    2. Knowledge of pre-crime prevention solutions, that have reduced violence significantly better than current policies, are now accessible through prestigious national and international sources;

    3. Cities that have transformed their strategies to invest in effective pre-crime prevention solutions have achieved large reductions in violence, including in some high violence cities in Latin America;

    4. Governments and inter-governmental agencies have not yet invested significantly in the proven and people positive strategies that reduce violence in cities, despite their affordability and potential popularity;

    5. Governments and inter-governmental agencies need to foster this transformative action, particularly in cities, to achieve their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, including the violence reduction targets in SDG´s 11, 3, 5 and 16 using the effective implementation actions agreed in SDG 17.

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