|Source/Publisher||NSW Attorney General's Department; Australian Institute of Criminology; Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse, Brief 1|
|Subjects||Community development, Social conditions|
Those working in regional communities are often struck by the fact that one Indigenous community is successful in keeping crime rates low while another is not. This raises the question as to what are the essential differences between these communities. Knowledge about strong Indigenous communities could also tell us if the crime rate is linked to the strength of bonds between community members. In each state and territory recorded crime rates vary markedly across local government areas. There is every indication that Indigenous crime rates also vary according to geographical locations. In the first part of this research brief various definitions of strong Indigenous communities are examined. In the second section, the author explores what is known about strong Indigenous communities. Potentially, knowledge of the dynamics and defining characteristics of strong communities can be used by Indigenous people to understand their community strengths. This knowledge could also be used by policy makers to understand how Indigenous communities can be strengthened.
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