Crime

19 12 2016

Report from El Salvador: Displacement of Refugees and Violence

By | 2016-12-22T10:24:03+00:00 19 December 2016|Categories: Crime, Refugees, War|Tags: , , |

 
Civil war raged in El Salvador between 1980 and 1992. Many victims of the war fled as refugees to the United States, particularly Los Angeles. Young Salvadorean men from peasant backgrounds were often pushed around and humiliated on the streets of Los Angeles by Mexican gangs who ridiculed the way they spoke Spanish, for example. […]

4 08 2016

The disgrace of Australian juvenile justice again

By | 2017-10-18T06:33:58+00:00 4 August 2016|Categories: Crime, Juvenile Justice, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice|Tags: , |

Guest blog by Val Braithwaite, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University.

We are extremely proud of Sharynne Hamilton  who completed an Indigenous internship with RegNet while she was doing her Honours degree.

Sharynne has suspended her PhD at RegNet to work on a project on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum […]

3 08 2016

The Frustrations of Royal Commissions

By | 2017-10-18T06:33:58+00:00 3 August 2016|Categories: Crime, Reconciliation, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice|Tags: , , |

Australians were rightly ashamed last week to see the Four Corners program on brutality against children at the Don Dale Detention Centre in the Northern Territory. Yes, it is to our credit as a people that we can feel national disgust at this and establish a Royal Commission to report on what we need […]

18 07 2016

Compassion as a value in security sector reform and counterterrorism

By | 2017-10-18T06:33:58+00:00 18 July 2016|Categories: Counterterrorism, Crime, Peace, War|Tags: , , , |

The images in this news story  and towards the end of this video reveal in an inspiring way that compassion is a critical virtue for the security sector in times of crisis.

There were also reports of a Turkish soldier beheaded by a mob. But many more of unarmed citizens peacefully, firmly […]

8 06 2016

Iran: restorative justice and principled engagement

By | 2017-10-18T06:33:59+00:00 8 June 2016|Categories: Crime, Criminal Law, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice|Tags: , , , , |

For 24 days in May I enjoyed wonderful hospitality in Iran as a guest of Dr Mohammad Farajiha of Tarbiat Modares University. With his inspiring group of graduate students, Dr Farajiha organized a culminating conference in Tehran on Restorative Justice in Iran*, which was attended by visiting scholars from […]

18 05 2016

New research on shame in the Scientific American Mind

By | 2017-10-18T06:33:59+00:00 18 May 2016|Categories: Crime, Shame|

A society that does not have a capacity to shame the war crimes of its leaders without tearing itself apart as a society will perpetrate many war crimes. A society whose schools cannot shame bullying without renting the social fabric of schools, destroying the lives of bullies and victims alike, will have devastating bullying problems. […]

11 05 2016

Rethinking forgiveness

By | 2017-10-18T06:33:59+00:00 11 May 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: , |

Nicola Lacey and Hanna Pickard[1] draw upon the evolutionary psychology literature in a recent paper to find that both vengeance and forgiveness are universal human adaptations that have evolved as alternative responses to exploitation. This is why all cultures have both retributive traditions (that are more concentrated on out-groups such as invaders) and […]

5 04 2016

Responding to family violence and institutional violence: new Australian developments

By | 2017-10-18T06:33:59+00:00 5 April 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: , , |

Australian governments have so often been an international embarrassment to its citizens in recent times. On family and institutional violence, in contrast, they have really begun to grasp the nettle. Former Prime Minister Julia Guillard’s government recognized that Australia had a widespread problem of different kinds of institutions engaging in sexual abuse of those in […]