Social harm at a glance

  • Crimes are socially constructed - they differ over time and place

Examples of social harms

  • Physical harm
  • Accidents arising due to neglect
  • Exposure to pollution
  • Illness
  • Disease
  • Lack of food
  • Lack of shelter/poor shelter
  • Death
  • Torture and brutality 
  • Financial harm
  • Mass harm

Poverty, malnutrition, pollution, medical negligence, state violence and corporate corruption carry widespread consequences but are rarely included in assessments of the criminal problem…


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