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This report contains eight linked feasibility studies conducted in Cairns during 2010. These exploratory studies examine the complex challenges of compiling and sharing information about incidents of person-to-person violence in a late night entertainment precinct (LNEP). The challenges were methodological as well as logistical and ethical. The studies look at how information can be usefully shared, while preserving the confidentiality of those involved. They also examine how information can be compiled from routinely collected sources with little or no additional resources, and then shared by the agencies that are providing and using the information.

Although the studies are linked, they are also stand-alone and so can be published in peer-reviewed literature. Some have already been published, or are ‘in press’ or have been submitted for review. Others require the NDLERF board’s permission to be published as they include data related more directly to policing, or they include information provided by police.

The studies are incorporated into the document under section headings. In each section, they are introduced and then presented in their final draft form. The final published form of each paper, however, is likely to be different from the draft because of journal and reviewer requirements. The content, results and implications of each study are discussed in summaries included in each section.

Funded by the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund, an initiative of the National Drug Strategy
Alan R Clough (PhD) School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences James Cook University
Charmaine S Hayes-Jonkers (BPsy, BSocSci (Hon1)) James Cook University, Cairns.
Edward S Pointing (BPsych) James Cook University, Cairns.

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