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Prevent crime and save money: Return-on-investment models in Australia

ISSN: 
0817-8542
Australian Institute of Criminology
Abstract: 

Finding effective ways to prevent crime is important. This project was designed to demonstrate the feasibility of combining data from a 12-year Australian longitudinal study (N=2,885) with prevention strategy investment data to estimate potential returns, including a reduction in intimate partner violence and prison entry. The project investigated the return on investment achievable in Victoria with a $150 million investment in a mix of six evidence based prevention strategies.

The study estimated that the 10-year lag effect of investing an extra $150 million was a five percent reduction in incarceration and a four percent reduction in cases of intimate partner violence involving physical force. The net return from the $150 million investment in prevention was conservatively estimated at $191 million. It appears feasible and cost-effective to prevent intimate partner violence, while also reducing incarceration rates.

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Heerde J et al. 2018. Prevent crime and save money: Return-on-investment models in Australia. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice No. 545. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi545