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Similarities between Cults and Violent Extremism

Step Together recently looked at the push and pull factors that influence an individual’s interest in using violence for social, political or religious change (also known as Violent Extremism). When examining these drivers, researchers found many commonalities with other types of organised groups, such as cults or gangs. This month we take a look at...

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Push and pull factors in violent extremism

‘Violent extremism’ refers to a person or group who justifies or uses fear, terror and violence to achieve ideological, political or social change. But what drives someone to see violence as a solution? There is no universally agreed clear pathway, however it is widely agreed that that a mix of outside influences and individual personal...

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Protecting yourself and others online during this crisis

There has been a rise in reports to e-safety commissioner re online abuse – strengthen online protections and report any cyber bullying or unwanted contact. Scams and online fraud are also on the rise, so be sure to verify all sources. Steer clear of fake news or misinformation and visit trusted sources.   Internet usage...

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Staying on top of working from home

Due to the current crisis, many people have found themselves working from home, which has been an important step in keeping people safe and helping to flatten the curve. While working from home generally offers many benefits, it also has the potential to contribute to physical and mental health issues, as well as add to...

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Physical, mental, and financial support during COVID-19

The current health crisis has had a profound and sudden impact on our daily life. Many of us are feeling concerned and want to ensure we are looking after our physical and mental health, as well as minimising the risks for our friends and family. One of the best ways to protect our health is...

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Homeschooling (and keeping kids busy) during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on people’s lives, and we’re all trying to adjust to the big changes that have taken place in the last few weeks. One of the biggest challenges, for parents and carers, is that many kids across Australia are no longer physically attending school, or care arrangements. This...

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Should I be worried that someone I care about is headed towards violent extremism?

Violent extremism refers to a person or group who justify or use fear, terror and violence to achieve ideological, political or social change. This can include what most of us know as terrorism or hate crimes. Violent extremism can come from any side of the political spectrum, any religion, race or other grouping. While there...

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Looking after your mental health during COVID-19

Large scale crises don’t only affect those directly involved. In the case of the COVID-19 virus or any other major public health concern, many people may experience anxiety, worry or stress – as we are dealing with the unknown, and with implications that are out of our control. However, it’s important to remember that these...

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The Internet and violent extremism

According to the Office of eSafety Commissioner’s Online Hate Report, approximately 33% of young people reported being exposed to online content promoting terrorism. This is a worrying statistic, and while there is still ongoing debate about the link between exposure to extremist content and acts of violence, it’s important to understand the role extremist content...

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Developing cross cultural connections

Australia is a diverse, multicultural society. Approximately 29% of the population are born overseas. We come from over 300 different ancestries, and Australia is home to the world’s oldest continuous culture. Our different backgrounds define and unite us. Unfortunately, our differences are also used by some people or groups to divide us, and to create...

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