Sexual crimes

Authored by: Stephen Smallbone , Susan Rayment-McHugh

Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138851054
eBook ISBN: 9781315724393
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In this chapter we present a comprehensive framework for preventing sexual crimes. The framework is organised according to three prevention targets: offenders (or potential offenders), victims (or potential victims), and settings (types of places, or specific places, where sexual crimes are more likely to occur); and three prevention levels: primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. This produces a nine-cell prevention matrix (three targets × three prevention levels). The matrix presented here is a somewhat simplified version of the 12-cell prevention matrix originally proposed by Smallbone, Marshall and Wortley (2008). 1

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