Alcohol ‘primary cause’ of Aboriginal violence

Ari Sharp; 9/4/10

Indigenous people are up to 20 times more likely than the rest of the population to commit violent crime, according to a new study that finds alcohol is the biggest risk factor. Drawing on previous research, the Australian Institute of Criminology report released yesterday paints a bleak picture of endemic crime in indigenous communities, though it does not provide enough detail to judge whether the 2007 federal intervention in remote communities had an impact on crime levels. The criminologist Joy Wundersitz found that indigenous arrests were far more likely to be for minor physical assaults than sexual assault, and that indigenous offenders are more likely to reoffend than their non-indigenous counterparts.