Victims of violence

Theodorou, Alexis, Ali, Saima and Khwaja, Masum (2023) Victims of violence. In: The Prevention and Management of Violence: Guidance for Mental Healthcare Professionals. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 300-316. ISBN 9781911623274

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This chapter provides an overview of violence and victimisation. This includes consideration of the complex relationship between mental health and violence, highlighting the increased risk of violent victimisation experienced by individuals suffering from mental illness. The developing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health measures such as lockdown orders on violence (and, in particular, domestic abuse) is explored. We describe the history and development of legal protections and statutory services for victims in the United Kingdom. This includes the 2021 Victims’ Code. The authors discuss public health strategies in the conceptualisation and prevention of violence, and there is consideration of future developments within this field. Current resources available for victims of violence are outlined, alongside a detailed list of organisations that individuals who have been victimised can contact for advice and support.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Criminology > Crime/Criminology
Criminology > Forensic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services

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