Demography of violence
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A great deal can be learnt about violent behaviour by looking for patterns and not treating each incident as 'isolated and unpredictable'. By studying the demography of violence - both for offenders and victims - we find that it is not as unpredictable and isolated as may have been supposed . Demographic factors give us a picture based on sex, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and marital status of this population and we find that for whatever reason there is a significant uniformity in the results of the analysis of this data. This information can help us to find out what is happening and to formulate theories as to why it occurs. It provides guidelines as to where our efforts to reduce violence within society should be focused.
Speech presented to the British Society of Criminology at the British Criminology Conference, Liverpool, England, 13-16 July 1999 by Adam Graycar, Director, Australian Institute of Criminology. Made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/