Study to help victims of anti-social behaviour

Identifying those most vulnerable to anti-social behaviour is the aim of a new study getting underway at Nottingham Trent University.

Identifying those most vulnerable to anti-social behaviour is the aim of a new study getting underway at Nottingham Trent University.

The project, which also seeks to develop a better understanding of the harm these individuals face, is being led by criminologists in the university’s School of Social Sciences.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), it is set to be one of the most comprehensive studies of anti-social behaviour to date.

It is hoped that the findings will impact upon policing policy and practice such as police patrolling strategies, housing planning policy and victim support services.

The 18-month study will examine the different ways in which the police across England and Wales can manage anti-social behaviour and crime in the context of diminishing budgets and the growing number of calls for public safety and welfare.

The study will build a detailed picture of the individuals and areas most likely to experience high levels of anti-social behaviour.

Data will be collected from crime surveys, statistics on deprived areas and the UK census.

The experts will work in collaboration with a range of stakeholders including the Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC), police forces, local authorities and third-sector organisations.

Dr Rebecca Thompson, a senior lecturer in criminology at the University, said the project was vital because reducing anti-social behaviour could have a positive impact on society.

She said: “The study will enable us to work alongside a variety of organisations to undertake what is likely to be one of the most comprehensive studies of victimisation, harm and vulnerability linked to anti-social behaviour.

“Becoming a victim of anti-social behaviour can have very serious financial, physical and psychological consequences. Its persistent and often targeted nature intensifies these negative consequences.

“The research should be of benefit to victims and their communities; the police; local authorities; landlords; third sector organisations; businesses; the NHS and wider society as a whole”.

The research team includes Nottingham Trent University’s Dr Thompson, Professor Andromachi Tseloni and Dr James Hunter, as well as Professor Nick Tilley of University College London.

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    The £188,852 project – Who Experiences or Witnesses Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) And In What context – is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Secondary Data Analysis Initiative.

    The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s largest funder of research on the social and economic questions facing us today. It supports the development and training of the UK’s future social scientists and also funds major studies that provide the infrastructure for research. ESRC-funded research informs policymakers and practitioners and helps make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective. The ESRC also works collaboratively with six other UK research councils and Innovate UK to fund cross-disciplinary research and innovation addressing major societal challenges. The ESRC is an independent organisation, established by Royal Charter in 1965, and funded mainly by the Government.

    Nottingham Trent University's five-year strategic plan Creating the University of the Future has five main ambitions: Creating Opportunity, Valuing Ideas, Enriching Society, Connecting Globally, and Empowering People.

    The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015. It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution's world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula and combat food fraud led to the prestigious award.

Study to help victims of anti-social behaviour

Published on 3 February 2017
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