Crime prevention and indigenous communities : current international strategies and programmes


This paper provides a brief overview of current policies, strategies and projects relating to crime prevention among Indigenous communities in Australia, Canada, the United States and New Zealand. The report examines the common challenges facing Indigenous peoples in these four countries, including risk and protective factors for crime and victimisation; the main criteria or elements being used to respond to these challenges and shape ‘good practice’ in Indigenous communities; and the specific characteristics of national crime prevention policies and strategies in the four countries studied. The report also outlines some examples of promising Indigenous crime prevention projects, including the Far West Area Rural Crisis Intervention Projects, Broken Hill and Menindee, NSW; Atawhaingia te pa harakeke ‘Nurture the Family’, NZ; and Community Initiatives for Maori Youth at Risk, NZ. National crime prevention centres and linking websites on Indigenous issues are listed in an appendix.