When the ‘Right Thing to Do’ Feels So Wrong: Australian Muslim Perspectives on ‘Intimates’ Reporting to Authorities About Violent Extremism

  • Michele GrossmanEmail author


Close friends and family members are often among the first to see early warning signs that someone close to them may be involved in violent extremist activity. The role of such ‘intimates’ in sharing information with authorities is critical to early interventions that can prevent greater harms from occurring, both for those at risk and for communities more generally. Grossman explores findings from path-breaking research in Australia (replicated in the UK in 2016–2017) which suggest that community reporting itself can be experienced as a ‘harm’ for intimates when it is linked to concerns about stigmatization, discrimination, shame and backlash. She argues for new approaches based on public health paradigms to improve trust, integrity, support, transparency and confidence in reporting mechanisms for families and communities.


Community reporting Australian Muslims Violent extremism Early intervention Harms prevention 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and GlobalisationDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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