Recreation Research : Violent Behavior In or Around Recreation Facilities


Ontario Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation. Recreation Branch (now Tourism, Culture and Sport)

This is a summary of a survey undertaken by the Ontario MCTR to assess the degree to which the problem of violent behaviour in recreational environments existed in Ontario. A questionnaire was distributed to people who work in recreational facilities. Over 1300 recreational facilities were issued questionnaires. Verbal abuse was the most frequent form of violence, followed by break-ins and malicious damage. The results were also broken down by region, size of the community, area (gymnasium, playground, etc.), age and gender of perpetrators and victims, other associated factors and consequences (higher cost due to repairs, expulsion, etc.).

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