Peer-mentoring approaches to violence prevention among African youth in western Australia: preliminary impact assessment of the ‘stop the violence’ programme
International Association for Impact Assessment
Place of Publication
Durban, South Africa
School of Arts & Humanities
Recent episodes of violence among African youth in Australia are a concern for the police and African communities. In Western Australia, the police and the African communities in Perth have been searching for ways to reduce and prevent recent spates of violence among African youth. This paper presents preliminary findings of the impact of a pilot youth mentoring programme to create awareness among African youth in Western Australia about crime prevention. Dubbed ‘Stop the Violence’, the initiative advocates the use of trained and resourced local champions to mentor peers on preventing anti-social behaviours.