Myths and Facts of Youth Offending

Myths of youth offending are widespread and mostly unfounded

Media reports often claim Victoria is experiencing a wave of youth crime, prompting calls for tougher penalties and higher numbers of police on our streets. But are we getting the full story when it comes to youth offending?

This fact sheet debunks many of the common myths around youth offending. It looks closely at crime statistics and highlights that rates of youth offending are lower than the community might expect. Conversely, rates of victimisation for young people are higher than media reporting indicates. The fact sheet also explains the reasons many young people become involved in offending, the types of offences they commit and what governments and the community can do to prevent young people from offending in the first place.


Download this fact sheet below:

Myths and Facts of Youth Offending 378 KB


Some further resources:

Victoria Police Crime Statistics 2011-2012


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