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Protective factors

A series of internationally recognized and research-based factors that help to protect children and young people, in particular, from crime and victimisation (e.g. having a strong and cohesive family; not dropping out of school etc.). They help to reduce the impact of any negative events, or help individuals avoid or resist the temptation to break the law. They may also work to reduce the chances that people will enter on a path likely to lead to breaches of the law. Protective factors also help build alternate life-choices.

Source: ICPC International Report 2010, pp. 185

added by
Burkhard Hasenpusch
German Congress on Crime Prevention (GCOCP)

spanish: Factores de protección