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NCJ Number: NCJ 241629     Find in a Library
Title: Response 2: Can the Big Society Listen to Gendered Voices?
Author(s): Sandra Walklate
  Journal: Criminology & Criminal Justice  Volume:12  Issue:5  Dated:November 2012  Pages:495 to 499
Date Published: 11/2012
Page Count: 5
  Annotation: This article is additional commentary on the idea of a “Big Society” embraced by the current British Government and how gender manifests itself within this concept.
Abstract: In a previous article, “Big Society” in England is defined as a society in which higher levels of personal, professional, civic and corporate responsibility are used to solve problems and improve life for people and their communities. This definition involves the redistribution of power from the state to society, giving people the opportunity to take more control of their lives. This article provides additional commentary on the idea of Big Society and examines how gender manifests itself within this concept, especially in terms of violence against women. The concept of Big Society involves the use of the voluntary sector and community-based groups, both of which play important roles in combatting domestic violence. This article discusses the extent to which Big Society’s agenda for criminal justice in general can be used to respond to violence against women in particular. The author notes that while Big Society policies can be used to combat violence against women, tensions remain between policy aspirations and the capacity to deliver on such policies to the general public. References
Main Term(s): Government reactions to crime
Index Term(s): Violence ; Local government ; Domestic assault ; Domestic assault prevention ; Violence prevention ; Gender issues ; England
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Type: Issue Overview
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
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