31 March 2011
Crime can have substantial and long lasting effects on the perpetrator, their family, victims and the broader community. Those who have been arrested or incarcerated have been shown to have worse employment outcomes, lower levels of education and lower levels of wellbeing in general. The first part of this lecture will discuss different theories used to explain participation in criminal activities, followed by an analysis of the factors associated with arrest and incarceration. The second part of the lecture will discuss the effect being a victim of crime can have on a range of measures of wellbeing and also some of the factors that explain it. The final part of the lecture will turn to a more broad measure of safety and consider the relationship between feeling safe at home, feeling safe in one's community and wellbeing.