oa Crime Research in South Africa - Peer victimisation in schools : the observation of bullying

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1605-5810



The school plays a central role in a child's socialisation and it is critical that schools offer a safe environment in which learning and growth can take place. Violence "contaminates" the school environment and jeopardises the educational process. Crime and violence in schools are therefore matters of significant public concern. Although the perception of risk is often greater than the reality, many schools face serious problems. It is important to understand these problems so that effective strategies can be developed to prevent school violence and increase school safety.

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