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Risk Factors

Making Ourselves Matter Services Society (MOMSS) will identify the risk or vulnerability factors that each client personally identifies with. This will assist with identifying and planning the skill building and programming strategies (see Protective Factors) needed in making a positive and lasting influence in each of their lives.

Risk factors are the negative influences that are apparent in the lives of individuals or a community. They increase the likelihood that individuals will engage in crime or become victims, ultimately creating an increase in the presence of crime, victimization, or fear of crime in a community.

Examples of Risk Factors, the negative influences clients may have experienced or can identify with:

  • Negative attitudes, values or beliefs
  • Low self-esteem
  • Alcohol or inappropriate drug use
  • Poverty
  • Children of parents in conflict with law
  • Homelessness
  • Presence of neighborhood crime
  • Early and repeated anti-social behavior
  • Lack of positive role models
  • Children who witness violence
  • Lack of services (for example; social, recreational, cultural)
  • Unemployment/underemployment
  • Family distress
  • Racism
  • Mental or physical illness
  • Low literacy
  • Leaving institutional/government care (for example; hospital, ministry/foster care, correctional facility, etc)
  • Family violence
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances.
- Bruce Barton