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NCJ Number: 166201 Find in a Library
Title: Violence Prevention in California: A Qualitative and Quantitative Study of California Attitudes Toward Violence Prevention
Corporate Author: EDK Associates, Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: EDK Associates, Inc.
New York, NY 10036
Pacific Ctr for Violence Prevention
San Francisco, CA 94110
Sale Source: Pacific Ctr for Violence Prevention
Building One, Suite 400
1001 Potero Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Survey research was conducted to evaluate attitudes toward violence in California, how receptive people were to talking about violence prevention policies other than imprisonment, and the feasibility of implementing a public education campaign focused on various intervention strategies.
Abstract: The survey goal was to assess public understanding of violence in general and youth violence in particular. Information was obtained through telephone interviews in June 1993 with registered voters aged 18 years and older. Findings revealed Californians were fearful and concerned that violence had degraded their quality of life. One in two Californians worried about their personal safety because violence was both pervasive and random. While racial and ethnic minorities were more likely to be victims of violence, minority youth tended to be perpetrators. Most voters felt current policy solutions were not effective in preventing violence and took extra precautions on their own to protect themselves. Such precautions included alarm systems, guns, and dogs. Voters were receptive to alternatives to incarceration and felt policies addressing the social environment could reduce violence. Voters supported controlling violence in the media, curbing the sale of handguns, and developing conflict resolution courses. 7 tables
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; California; Crime prevention measures; Juvenile crime control; Minorities; Minority juvenile offenders; Public education; Public Opinion of Crime; Public Opinion of Juveniles; Victims of violence; Violence prevention
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