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The Relationship Between a Recession and Crime

The Relationship Between a Recession and Crime

The UK, and much of the world is currently in recession. Crime is generally considered to rise during tough financial times, but in which ways and why?

As we know, unemployment increases dramatically during a recession. Businesses struggling or going under cause a spate of redundancies, meaning a large increase in unemployment. This inevitably leads to more cases of depression, which can lead to higher crime. The most obvious cases are drugs and alcohol. People suffering from depression often turn to drugs and alcohol for refuge. Increase in drug taking (a crime itself) leads to more drug related crime. Drug dealing will become more rife if demand is higher, and crime’s such as theft may be committed to feed drug habits. It is also more likely that people will commit crimes, such as those involving violence, if they are intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.

A recession leads to more debt. If people spiral into debt they are liable to become more desperate. This particularly increases crimes such as theft. People are more likely to steal so they can pay off their debts. They may also turn to other illegal ways to make money if they feel that there are no legitimate ways of earning.

Violence is another area that can increase during a recession. People are more liable to get angry when times are tough, and therefore are more likely to turn violent. People may be angry with their employer who has made them redundant, or the government because they don’t feel that they are being helped sufficiently, meaning they are generally more disgruntled with the world. People may also become more hostile towards each other. In particular those who are struggling may be angry towards those who are not. There has been a recent example of this in Ireland, where there were instances of violence towards some Romanian immigrants. The reason for this was attributed to some being angry that the immigrants had taken “their” jobs, although they were jobs local people hadn’t applied for at the time of the vacancies.

Family break ups are sometimes more likely to occur during a recession. Debt can cause stress within the family and lead to marriages breaking up. The break up of parents can have an effect on children. Although they mostly focus on those from low income one parent families, (usually where only one parent is financially responsible) statistics show that children from single parent families are 75% more likely to become a drug addict. They also show these children are 70% more likely to finish school without any qualifications. This is significant as a high percentage of crime is shown to be committed by those with a poor education.

There are many different aspects of a recession that can result in an increase in crime. Some are in obvious ways, such as theft to pay off debts, while others are less so involving a chain of events that may cause crime.

Andrew Marshall ©…

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Why You Really Need A Lawyer When Filing For Divorce

Why You Really Need A Lawyer When Filing For Divorce

People go through a lot in their lives, but when it comes to events that need them to invoke to law in order to achieve their goals, finding a legal expert is the best thing to do. Having the need for an attorney can be borne out of many reasons. Some commit crimes, some are committed crimes against while some would simply want to lead a life of their own away from a spouse who may have been abusive. The reasons are endless, but when one wants to seek the protection of the law or to advance the full force of the law against another, hiring an attorney is always the best option.

A clear illustration of this need is a woman who wants to divorce her abusive husband and keep her children but ends up losing everything to him, including properties that she should have kept. And it’s all because she didn’t hire a divorce lawyer. Although not many people probably know it, it is possible to file for divorce without a lawyer. One can just go to the right authorities to file for such an action to be effected on their marriage. The problem with not hiring a lawyer, however, is that a situation could be so easily twisted by the other party to the extent that the one who files for divorce ends up with his goals unachieved.

In any divorce proceeding, the most important factor, at least, in upholding the interest of the people who are involved, is proper representation. In the case of the woman who didn’t get what she wanted out of the divorce she filed, even if she deserved the best of it, poor representation through an inefficient lawyer might have been the reason. Or the woman may not have hired a lawyer at all. In any legal battle, it is crucial that a lawyer is present so a party’s best interests may be put forward. Obviously, attorneys have the right education, training and experience in handling legal cases and if there are people who can handle these cases with utmost efficiency, it’s lawyers, no less.

A divorce case can even get more complicated when there are children and custody issues involved. This is the part that creates the worst anxieties for parents are going through this legal procedure. Thus, an attorney’s services will be greatly useful. Winning custody of children is a matter of proving which parent is better fit to perform his or her parenting roles. And only a trained and competent lawyer can do this job well. Many parents have lost custody of their children not because they were less worthy of keeping the kids but simply because they have not gotten the right representation through their divorce proceedings.…