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Sport and crime

Sport is a lively part of Australian culture. It can bring out the best in individuals, but can also incite worst. While sporting violence by participants and spectators is less frequent and less severe in Australia than in many countries, it is concerning. Violence on the playing field sets a bad example for impressionable young Australians. Unruly crowd behaviour can spoil a pleasant family outing. Sport and other physical activities play a significant role in preventing or reducing crime among young people. Specific AIC research shows that in Australia sport and physical activity programs can have a positive impact on young people’s behaviour. This and other related research together with information on preventing violence is available here on the AIC’s website.

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