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David Indermaur

Dr David Indermaur

Honorary Research Fellow

Contact details
The University of Western Australia (M431)
35 Stirling Highway
Room 2.80, Economics and Commerce Building, Crawley campus
Dr David Indermaur has a deep interest in the field of public attitudes to crime and punishment. It is an area in which he has established an international reputation. Studies in this field date back to a first publication in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology with colleague Rod Broadhurst in 1982. Dr Indermaur has established a particular profile by examining the understandings Australians have about crime and punishment and what influences that understanding. Dr Indermaur has explored perceptions of crime and justice in a number of studies spanning more than 30 years. The most recent explorations with a national team provided an innovative design to explore the nature and dimensions of informed public opinion on this subject, the results of which were published in the leading international Journal in this area: Punishment and Society.

Dr Indermaur has also established a national reputation examining the rates of crime, in particular violent crime. He led the major national study that examined young Australians attitudes, perception and experience of domestic violence, the results of this study are widely cited and have influenced policy on domestic violence. He has also been heavily involved in measuring the extent of a number of major forms of violent crime such as domestic violence, road rage and violence committed against strangers. His work on understanding violent crime has been informed by an interest in crime prevention and he has been involved in various efforts to improve crime prevention in Western Australia and Australia. He was directly involved in formulating the Freedom from Fear campaign and and chaired the State Government Community Safety and Crime Prevention Council under the previous Labor Government.
Key research
1. Perceptions of crime and justice
2. Changing attitudes to sentencing
3. Drug and alcohol use of offenders
4. Violent crime - offender motivation
5. Violent crime - rates and trends
6. Domestic violence - extent of
7. Prevention of domestic violence
8. Road rage, causes, prevalence and prevention
1. Books
Violent Property Crime, Federation Press, Sydney. 1995.
Measuring the Extent of Domestic Violence, (Anna Ferrante, Frank Morgan, David Indermaur and Richard Harding) Sydney: Hawkins Press. 1996.
Working with Adolescents to Prevent Domestic Violence (David Indermaur, Lynn Atkinson and Harry Blagg) 1998 Canberra: National Campaign Against Violence and Crime, Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.
Penal Populism and Public Opinion: Lessons from Five Countries (Julian Roberts, Loretta Stalans, David Indermaur and Mike Hough) 2002 Oxford University Press, New York.

2. Articles and book chapters
Crime Seriousness Ratings: The Relationship between Information Accuracy and General Attitudes in Western Australia. Broadhurst, R. and Indermaur, D. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 15, 219-234, 1982.
Public Perception of Sentencing in Perth, Western Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 20, 3, 163-183, September, 1987.
Alcohol and Drug Use Patterns of Prisoners in Perth. Indermaur, D. and Upton, K. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 21, 144-167, 1988.
Prisoner's Experience with Alcohol In Vernon, J. (Ed). A.I.C. Conference Proceedings No. 1 Alcohol and Crime. AIC , Canberra. A.C.T., 1990.
Perspectives on Urban Crime. In Urban Crime Proceedings of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies Conference on Urban Crime, Australian Institute of Urban Studies, 1990.
Restoration: A New Agenda for Criminal Justice. In Australian Crime Prevention Council Journal 12, 1, 1991.
Offenders’ Perceptions of Sentencing. Australian Psychologist 29, 2, 1994.
Are Becoming More Violent? A Comparison of Trends in Violent and Property Offences in Australia and Western Australia. Journal of Quantitative Criminology 11, 3, 247-270, 1995.
What do Victimisation Surveys Measure? An Examination of Trends in Robbery and Assault Victimisation In Australia and Western Australia. In Crime Victims Surveys in Australia: Conference Proceedings. Queensland Criminal Justice Commission, Brisbane, 1995.
The Crime Picture in Western Australia. In Sirr, P. (Ed.). “Preventing Crime, Everybody’s Business” Proceedings of the conference held in Perth in April 1995. Crime Prevention Council of Australia. Western Australia Branch.
Offender Psychology and Sentencing. Australian Psychologist, 31, 1, 15-19, 1996
Who Owns Sentencing? A Reply to Bartholomew (1996). Australian Psychologist, 31, 1, 63-65, 1996
Violent Crime: Interpreting the trends. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice No. 61. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. October 1996
Perceptions of Violence. Psychology, Psychiatry and the Law, 3,2, 129-142 November 1996.
Issues in Drug Offender Diversion: A review of the court diversion service in Western Australia. Jeremy Rigg and David Indermaur, ANZ Journal of Criminology, 29,3, 247-264. - December 1996.
Offenders’ Perspectives on Violent Property Crime. Chapter in Cromwell, P. (Ed.) In their own words: Criminals on crime. (98-106), Los Angeles: Roxbury. 1996
Reducing the Opportunities for Violence in Robbery and Property Crime: The Perspectives of Offenders and Victims. In Homel, R.(Ed.) The Politics and Practice of Situational Crime Prevention. Crime Prevention Studies, Vol 5, 133-158, 1996
Road Rage and the Epidemiology of Violence: Something Old, Something New (with four others: Harding, R., Blagg, H., Morgan, F., and Ferrante, A.). Studies on Crime and Crime Prevention. 7, 2, 221- 238. 1998
Working with adolescents to prevent domestic violence. (David Indermaur, Lynn Atkinson and Harry Blagg). Report published by the National Campaign against Violence and Crime (Canberra) in July 1998.
Situational Prevention of Violent Crime: Theory and Practice in Australia. Studies on Crime and Crime Prevention, 8,1, 71-87, 1999.
Violent Crime in Australia: Patterns and politics. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 33,3, 287-299, December 2000.
Young Australians and Domestic Violence. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice. No. 195, February 2001. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.
Shadow boxing with an imaginary enemy – A response to Law and Order Blues (With David Brown, Sandra Egger and Russell Hogg) Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 35, 2, 145-158. 2002
Strategies for changing public attitudes to punishment (David Indermaur and Mike Hough). In Roberts, J. and Hough, M. (Eds). Changing Attitudes to Punishment: Public opinion, crime and justice. 2002 Willan: Cullompton, Devon.
Drug courts in Australia: The first generation. (David Indermaur and Lynne Roberts) Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 15, 2, 136-154. 2003
Signed consent forms in criminological research (Lynne Roberts and David Indermaur) Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 10, 2 289-299. 2003
Public perceptions of crime trends in New South Wales and Western Australia (Don Weatherburn and David Indermaur) Crime and Justice Bulletin: Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice No. 80 March 2004$FILE/cjb80.pdf
Public opinion and criminal behaviour. Chapter in Richard Wright and. J. Mitchell
Miller (Eds) Encyclopedia of Criminology. New York: Routledge, 2005.
Perceptions of Crime and Justice (Indermaur, David and Lynne Roberts). Pp 141- 160 in Australian Social Attitudes: The First report edited by S. Wilson, G. Meagher, R. Gibson, D. Denemark, and M. Western. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press. 2005.
Boys and Road Rage: Driving-Related Violence and Aggression in Western Australia (Indermaur, David and Lynne Roberts) The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 38, 3, 361-380, December 2005.
Social issues as media constructions: The case of “Road rage” (Roberts, Lynne and Indermaur, David) Crime, Media Culture Vol 1, 3, 301-321 2005.

Changing attitudes to the death penalty: An Australian perspective. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 17, 3 , 2006

Timely intervention or trapping minnows?: The potential for potential net widening effects in Australian drug diversion initiatives. (Roberts, Lynne and Indermaur, David) Psychiatry, Psychology and Law Volume 13 Number 2, 2006.

Predicting punitive attitudes in Australia (Roberts, Lynne and Indermaur, David) Psychiatry, Psychology and Law Vol 14, No. 1, 56-65. 2007

Key challenges in evaluating therapeutic jurisprudence initiatives. (Roberts, Lynne and Indermaur, David) Journal of Judicial Administration 17, 1, 60-70. 2007

Dealing the public in. Chapter in Freiberg, A. and Gelb, K (Eds.). Penal Populism, Sentencing Councils and Sentencing Policy Willan: Cullompton, Devon. January 2008

Reducing punitiveness: strategies for engendering a more informed crime policy In Helmut Kury and Theodore N. Ferdinand (Eds.) International Perspectives on Punitivity Crime and Crime Policy Vol. 4 January 2008.

The Ethics of Research with Prisoners (Lynne Roberts and David Indermaur) Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 19, 3, p 309-326. March 2008

Intrafamilial adolescent sex offenders: Family functioning and treatment (Jenny Thornton, Gillian Stevens, Jan Grant, David Indermaur, Christabel Chamarette and Andrea Halse) Journal of Family Studies 14, 2-3, 2008.

The Homogamy of Road Rage Revisited (Lynne Roberts and David Indermaur) Violence and Victims, Volume 23, Number 6, 758-772. 2008.

What can we do to engender a more rational and less punitive crime policy? European Journal of Crime Policy and Research 15, 181-199, 2009.

What Australians think about crime and justice: results from the 2007 Survey of Social Attitudes Roberts, Lynne and Indermaur, David Australian Institute of Criminology Research and Public Policy Series No. 101. 2009.
Intrafamilial adolescent sex offenders: psychological profile and treatment. J Grant, D Indermaur, J. Thornton, G Stevens, C Chamarette, A Halse Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice. No. 375, June 2009. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.
Confidence in the Criminal Justice System David Indermaur and Lynne Roberts. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice. No 387, November 2009. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology (2009)
Punitiveness in Australia: Current status, trends and strategic responses. (David Indermaur and Lynne Roberts). In Punitivity: International Developments Volume 1. Kury, H and Shea, E. (Eds). Universitat Dr N Brockmeyer Bochum De. (2011)

A country not divided: A comparison of public punitiveness in sentencing across Australia. (Roberts, L., Spiranovic, C., & Indermaur, D.) Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology (2011)

What Predicts Punitiveness? An Examination of Predictors of Punitive Attitudes towards Offenders in Australia. (Spiranovic, C., Roberts, L., & Indermaur, D.), Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 19, 2, 249-261 (2012)

A matter of judgment: The effect of information and deliberation on public attitudes to punishment. (Indermaur, D., Roberts, L., Spiranovic, C., & Mackenzie. G) Punishment & Society 14, 2, 147-165 (2012).

Intrafamilial Adolescent Sex Offenders’ Response to psychological treatment. Halse, A, Grant, J, Thornton, J, Indermaur, D, Stevens, G and Chamarette, C. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 19, 2, 221-235 (2012)

Sentencing and public confidence: Results from a national Australian survey on public opinions towards sentencing. (Mackenzie, G., Spiranovic, C., Warner, K., Stobbs, N., Indermaur, D., Roberts, L., Broadhurst, R., Bouhours, T. & Gelb, K.), Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 45, 1, 45-65 (2012).

Are neighbourhood incivilities associated with fear of crime? (Roberts, L. and Indermaur, D) In Pietsch , J. and Aarons, H. (Eds) Australia: Indentity, Fear and Governanace in the 21st Century. Australian National University E Press (2012)

Public preferences for sentencing purposes: What difference does offender age, criminal history and offence type make? (Spiranovic, C.A., Roberts, L.D., Indermaur, D., Warner, K., Gelb, K. & Mackenzie, G.) Criminology and Criminal Justice12, 3, 289- 306 (2012)

Fear of cyber-identity theft and related fraudulent activity Roberts, Lynne, Indermaur, David and Spiranovic, Caroline Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, Vol.20(3), 315-328 (2013)

3. Reviews.
Why Punish? by Nigel Walker. Review for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 28, 3, 329-331. 1995.
Alcohol as Cause of Violence or Facilitator of Violence: Comment on Room and Rossow (2001). Journal of Substance Use, 6, 232-234. 2001
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Research Associate Professor, Law School, University of Western Australia
Funding received
Lead major national research into young people's attitudes to and experience of domestic violence, funding from two major federal agencies. 1998 – 1999.

Australian Research Council grant into road rage 2000. Research completed in 2003.

Research evaluating various crime prevention and criminal justice programs (WA Drug Court 2002-2003, pharmacotherapy programs in WA prisons 2004-2005, the accreditation of offender treatment programs, the effectiveness of court based diversion programs for drug using offenders 2006).

Part of a research team that won a grant from the Criminology Research Council looking at the treatment of adolescent sex offenders (2005). Research completed February 2008.

As part of a cross national team won a major ARC discovery grant to investigate public confidence in sentencing and the psychological determinants of public attitudes to sentencing (2007 - 2012)
Industrial relevance
Publications routinely cited by authorities seeking to reform criminal Justice policy
Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychology, Psychiatry and the Law
Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
Australian Institute of Criminology - Associate

Honours and awards
PhD awarded with distinction
Previous positions
Visiting fellow - Edith Cowan University 1989-1993
Principal Planning and Research Officer,
WA Department of Corrective Services 1987-88
Co-ordinates major undergraduate elective Criminology1 (LAWS3342) Has co-ordinated since 1995. Enrollments in the few years leading up to and including 2014 approximatly 170
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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