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Private security companies and domestic violence: a welcome new development?

Harkin, Diarmaid and Fitz-Gibbon, Kate 2016, Private security companies and domestic violence: a welcome new development?, Criminology and criminal justice, In Press, pp. 1-17, doi: 10.1177/1748895816673881.

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Title Private security companies and domestic violence: a welcome new development?
Author(s) Harkin, Diarmaid
Fitz-Gibbon, Kate
Journal name Criminology and criminal justice
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-10-16
ISSN 1748-8958
1748-8966
Keyword(s) domestic violence
nodal governance
police
private security
security
victims
Summary Due to the poor reputation of the private security industry and the multiple lines of concerns raised by scholars over the potentially corrosive costs of commercial security provision, it is important to consider whether for-profit companies are a welcome addition to the network of actors who respond to the needs of domestic violence victims. Using the case study of ‘Protective Services’ in Victoria, Australia, who appear to be one of the first known instances of a private security company offering services to victims of domestic violence, we argue that there may be advantages for victims engaging with commercial providers and reasons for optimism that commercial outfits can improve feelings of safety for a particularly vulnerable and underprotected population.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1748895816673881
Field of Research 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime
1602 Criminology
Socio Economic Objective 940402 Crime Prevention
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30088236

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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