The Occurrences of Antisocial Behaviour Incidents Experienced by Alleged Perpetrators
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Since the introduction of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 there has been much focus both politically and in the media on the management and effect of antisocial behaviour. The focus is almost always on the alleged perpetrators as being troubled families or 'neighbours from hell' and there is little focus on the causes of antisocial behaviour with more focus put on the enforcement measures for dealing with antisocial behaviour (Millie, 2009). This research project is looking deeper into anecdotal evidence that suggests that alleged perpetrators of antisocial behaviour are also likely to be victims and to look further into the research that was started previously by Nixon et al (2006) into the numbers of alleged perpetrators of antisocial behaviour who also reported being victims. This research is focusing on clients working with a support project that provides specialist support for those at risk of homelessness due to antisocial behaviour. The support is provided on the basis that the antisocial behaviour is the result of unmet support needs. For the purposes of this research project, the term clients is used to mean the alleged perpetrators of antisocial behaviour who have been or are currently supported by the support project. The paper has looked at the case files for 47 out of the 51 clients who have worked with the project and analysed whether they have reported being victims of antisocial behaviour either before or during their period of support with the project. The data used for the research was anonymised and the research was checked by the project coordinator to ensure that client confidentiality procedures were adhered to at all times. This research found that 72% of alleged perpetrators of antisocial behaviour also reported being victims. This was similar to results found in an essay that looked at the experiences of women who have been accused of antisocial behaviour (Hunter and Nixon, 2009) which found that 60% of the women that were interviewed reported also being victims. Due to the current plans for changes to legislation to deal with antisocial behaviour and people within households that have been accused of this, further research into the experiences of alleged perpetrators could be useful in determining the effectiveness of the plans to change legislation and also the way money is allocated in dealing with antisocial behaviour in the longer term.
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
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