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Title: Mediation and gangs : a study of violence reduction in the Metropolitan Police area in London
Author: Phelps, Eric J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5921 8928
Awarding Body: University of Portsmouth
Current Institution: University of Portsmouth
Date of Award: 2015
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Gang violence in London is an increasing problem that has gained momentum in the last two decades. Finding workable solutions to reduce gang violence or interventions in the current economic climate is a constant challenge for practitioners. This study examines the use of mediation as a tactic for reducing gang violence. Through data analysis, outcomes of this intervention are explored. The initial research conducted shows that there is a significant correlation between reductions in violent reoffending between those referred for mediation and those not referred. Further analysis of 17 semi-structured interviews conducted in the UK suggests that individuals do not have to engage in the mediation process for it to have an effect. Very often, the fact that an individual has been referred will be sufficient to deter continued violent offending. This research suggests that the implications for practice requires a unified co-ordinated response to violence that includes the proactive provision of joined up activity from the authorities, such as education, housing, health, social services and employment agencies. Their services need to be adequately funded, properly resourced and intelligently delivered in order to provide the necessary support required to end the cycle of gang related violence and offending generally.
Supervisor: Clements, Philip Henry Percy ; Pamment, Nicholas John Howden Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Crim.J.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Criminology