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 quality evidence suggests increased criminal victimisation of people with schizophrenia. The evidence also suggests rates of partner domestic violence of women with schizophrenia are between 43% and 83%.

March 2019

Last updated at: 2:42 am, 23rd March 2019
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