Situational prevention of domestic violence: A review of security-based programs

T. Prenzler

University Of The Sunshine Coast

This paper reports on a literature review of published reports of domestic violence prevention programs involving security applications. The study was unable to identify studies with full experimental designs showing clear evidence of positive effects. However, six programs were identified that showed promising evidence of reduced violence. The best model appears to involve the deployment of home security and mobile duress alarms within a coordinated program of professional support for clients.


Tim Prenzler is a Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast and an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University. His interests include crime and corruption prevention, police and security officer safety, and gender in policing. Tim’s books include Civilian Oversight of Police: Advancing Accountability in Law Enforcement (2016, Taylor & Francis, with Garth den Heyer), Contemporary Police Practice (2015, OUP, with Jacki Drew), 100 Hundred Years of Women Police in Australia (2015, AAP), and Understanding and Preventing Corruption (2013, Palgrave, with Adam Graycar).


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