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​Immigrants as victims of crime and criminal justice discourse in Australia

Author(s) Collins, Jock
Title Immigrants as victims of crime and criminal justice discourse in Australia
Source International Review of Victimology; 2007; Vol 14; p57-79
Date 2005
Document type Journal article
CoverageSydney, Australia
Summary This article explores how an immigrant's background affects their victim experience in Sydney Australia. Primary data was obtained from a survey of 840 adults and youth in Sydney about their perceptions of and experiences of crime, criminal gangs, fear of crime and police victimisation. A significant finding was that youth reported a higher incidence of being victims of violent assaults, street theft and sexual assault than adults. In addition data was obtained from a report of a Hotline established by the Community Relations Commission of NSW following 9/11. The author also discussed the role of the media in the criminalisation discourse and in particular the sensationalist media reportage of certain crimes identified as ethnic. A consultation conducted by the HREOC showed, for example, that 47 per cent of respondents from Arab and Muslim communities felt they had been vilified by the media. Further research is recommended in a number of areas such as police mediation into crimes committed by immigrant minorities and policy responses to immigrant crime and immigrant victimology.
Keywords Immigrant victims; fear of crime; hate crime
Topic Multicultural