New research has found people with mental health problems are up to ten times more likely to become victims of crime. That's according to an article from charities Mind and Victim Support, along with academics from a number of London universities.
The report's main findings:
- People with severe mental illnesses were three times more likely to be a victim of any crime.
- People with severe mental illnesses were five times more likely to experience assault.
- Women with severe mental illness were ten times more likely to experience assault.
- Nearly 40% of people with severe mental illness reported experiencing crime in the last year.
- 62% of women with severe mental illness reported being victims of sexual violence as adults.
- People with severe mental illness were seven times more likely to experience three or more different types of crime in a year than the general population.
- People with severe mental illness were significantly more likely to report the police had been unfair or disrespectful compared to the general population.