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New Ideas Fund: Mapping and measuring the social harms of crime and anti-social behaviour; Towards an outcomes-based approach to community safety in Wales

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  • Release date: 21 January 2013
The Universities' Police Science Institute at Cardiff University set out to develop the concept of the ‘social harm’ caused by crime and anti-social behaviour by establishing a robust definition and mapping its distribution and intensity.

Social harm was defined as the negative impact of crime and disorder on communities’ and neighbourhoods’ security, well-being and resilience.

The study found that levels of harm vary markedly and do not necessarily correspond to levels of crime. Some wards having very low crime levels but very high social harm eg Lisvane and others very high crime levels but relatively little social harm eg Riverside, Grangetown. Social disorder problems were the most prominent ‘harm generators’ across South Wales.

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