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Should I be worried?

  • Should I be worried that someone may be becoming radicalised?

    The earlier a shift in identity or behaviour (towards radicalisation to violent extremism) is recognised the better the chances of diversion and disengagement.

    If someone you know is showing signs of concerning behaviour, it’s important to be informed about what may be is actually a sign of someone turning towards violent extremism.  Changes occur in a person’s identity and behaviour all the time. Significant shifts in identity are common (especially among teenagers) and are not necessarily a significant problem. Some of the descriptions below could describe someone turning towards violent extremism. On the other hand they could also describe the behaviour of someone in another type of difficulty (depression or teenage angst for example), or simply a stage of life (new school, etc).

    It’s important that if you have any concern, that you discuss it with someone before taking any further action. Our counsellors can help work through your concerns and advise you on what the most sensible next steps could be.

    If you need help or advice on how best to support someone you care about, our trained counsellors can help.  We’re available 7am – 9pm, seven days a week. If you need to talk, give one of our Step Together counsellors a call on 1800 875 204 or use our anonymous online chat service.

     

    Low Concern

    Interest and / or sympathy in extremist ideology

    In the pathway often followed to potentially committing an act of violent extremism, all individuals go through an initial change in behaviour and beliefs.

    This change will be dramatically different to the person’s usual behaviour, and may cause behaviours which are notable to those in their life. This may include disputes with those around them based on their new ideas or behaviour, or looking at material associated with a violent extremist group online.

    While such behaviours are notable, they are not predictive of any potential future changes, and the majority who reach this stage will not ever commit violence.  Just be available and provide support, without judgement, if they need to talk.

    If you would like to discuss this further with somebody, then give one of our Step Together counsellors a call on 1800 875 204 or use our anonymous online chat service.

     

    Medium concern

    Identification with extremist ideology and groups

    It is concerning if a person begins withdrawing from society while simultaneously increasing their commitment to an extreme group, person or ideology.

    It is particularly concerning if a clear ‘us versus them’ mentality develops, and if a person begins to identify clear ‘enemies’. If confrontational language advocating violence and aggressive behaviour begins to manifest, this can be concerning to everyone.

    If you are concerned that someone you know may be advancing down the path to violent extremism, then give one of our Step Together counsellors a call on 1800 875 204 or use our anonymous online chat service.

     

    High concern

    Intent to engage in violence to support extremist views

    While very few individuals will ever reach this stage, it may come to your attention that someone has reached the point where they consider it acceptable and necessary to use violence to further their beliefs. Here a violent attack may occur quite quickly.

    If an individual is planning to use violence in the future, or may be planning travel to engage in violence somewhere else, then an immediate response is required to protect yourself and others around you.

    If it has come to your attention that a person may be considering undertaking an act of violence to further their cause, then it is important that you report this to law enforcement, like the police or the National Security Hotline.

     

    Getting advice

    If you need help or advice on how best to support someone you care about, our trained counsellors can help.  We’re available 7am – 9pm, seven days a week. If you need to talk, give one of our Step Together counsellors a call on 1800 875 204 or use our anonymous online chat service.

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