Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Letter

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Letter

Article excerpt

Dear Editor,

Crime and how society deals with it is of public health importance

The feature in the November 2010 issue on restorative justice1 raises important issues for public health. It draws attention to a rather neglected area of health need; it reminds us of the value of a 'health in all policies' approach, as well as the importance of recognising that crime and how we as individuals and as a community and society deal with it have public health implications. It has been suggested that the fear of crime could contribute to mental health and physical functioning and that those working to improve health should support fear reduction initiatives. It is time that all aspects of crime in our societies including its prevention should be higher on the public health agenda. As perhaps this is the first time that an article on restorative justice has appeared in a public health journal, you may well have stimulated further interest in this whole subject.

The article's main message concerns the impact on mental health of being a victim of crime. The importance of an apology is stressed but some of the difficulties involved need to be considered. …

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