04 September 2018

Surrounded by violence: How do individual perceptions and community context shape views about violence?

This research uses data collected in the Australian Community Capacity Study Wave 3 survey of over 4,000 individuals living in 148 local residential communities in Brisbane to examine the association between community context, individual perceptions of police effectiveness and the belief that people in one’s community support violence to resolve conflict. The study found that communities with histories of violent crime and more negative views about police effectiveness tended to be communities where residents perceived their neighbours as being willing to support the use of violence to resolve conflict.