Violent extremism

Violent extremism is a willingness to use unlawful violence, or support the use of violence by others, to promote a political, ideological or religious goal. It exists along a spectrum from passive support to active promotion of violence towards these goals. It can't be mistaken for radicalisation.  Individuals with radical beliefs usually want a drastic change in society, but don't necessarily advocate violence. There are a number of reasons people become radicalised and then extremists, and the causes are complex and unique to every individual. There is no one pathway to violent extremism although it’s often set in motion through a desire for social connection.

Learn more about What is violent extremism?

How Step Together is using social health approaches to counter violent extremism.
Learn about the similarities and differences between gangs and violent extremist groups.
Learn more about the similarities between cults and violent extremism.
Take a deeper look at different types of extremist groups and the broad messages they may promote.
Exploring the influences and motivations that can lead to a person using violence to achieve change.
Discusses the reasoning behind the use of the term violent extremism as opposed to terrorism.
Learn how to better understand and manage anger - from mild frustration to extreme rage.
Understanding how we can protect ourselves and those we care about from extremist online content.
Conspiracy theories rise during times of crisis - how to connect to those who may believe in them.
An interview with Lise Waldek from Macquarie University to discuss her latest research.
An overview of radicalisation vs violent extremism with resources for further information.
A list of websites with information relating to the topic of Countering Violent Extremism.
Advice and support

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