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Criminal victimisation

What is criminal victimisation? 

Criminal victimisation refers to a person being the victim of a violent crime (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated or simple assault) or a property crime (burglary and theft). People with a severe mental illness may be at higher risk of criminal victimisation. This may be a result of possible cognitive impairment (e.g. poor reality testing, judgment, social skills, planning, and problem solving), and sometimes compromised social situations (e.g. poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and social isolation).

What is the evidence for criminal victimisation?

Moderate to low quality evidence suggests there may be increased criminal victimisation in people with schizophrenia. Moderate to low quality evidence suggests rates of partner domestic violence may be between 43% and 83% for women with schizophrenia.


March 2016

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