Society's responses to crime will be the focus of a talk to be given at The University of Western Australia on Friday 18 March.
In a talk entitled Minimising harm: a rational response to the tragedy of crime and the limits of justice, Research Associate Professor David Indermaur will examine the nature of violent crime and the effectiveness of our response to it.
In particular, he will examine how violent crime can affect whole communities and some of the ways we could respond better, not only to reduce the prevalence of crime, but also to be more effective in helping victims of crime.
Research Associate Professor Indermaur will deliver his talk at the First Ordinary Meeting of Convocation, the UWA Graduates' Association, at 7.30pm on Friday 18 March at the University Club of Western Australia. Registration should be directed to (+61 8) 6488 3006.
A staff-member of the University's Crime Research Centre, Research Associate Professor Indermaur worked in the State's prisons as a psychologist in the 1970s where he became concerned about the effectiveness of imprisonment.
The UWA graduate studied criminology in Canada and returned to WA as a policy-maker at the Department of Corrective Services before being recruited to the Crime Research Centre where he completed a PhD on the psychology of violent offenders.
Research Associate Professor Indermaur has taught Criminology at the University's Law School since 1995.
The Crime Research Centre is a major contributor to the collection and analysis of statistical data on crime in WA, publishing crime and justice statistics which have enhanced the extent of the crime problem in the State and trends in criminal justice. Its Integrated Numerical Offender Identification System is one of the most sophisticated data-linking models in the world.