Mental health victims of crime

People with mental health problems are up to ten times more likely to become victims of crime than the general population, according to new research.

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Justice system 'failing people' with mental illness

There have been claims that the justice system is failing people with mental illness, after research found they are three times more likely to be victims of crime.

Research by London universities found people with mental illness often felt they weren't believed when they reported crimes to police. Some were even left feeling they were to blame.

Our Senior Correspondent Ronke Phillips reports.

Crime against mental health victims a 'national scandal'

Victim Support Chief Executive Javed Khan has called for an "urgent" debate into how best to reform the justice system, after a report found those with mental health problems were up to ten times more likely to become victims of crime. He responded to today's report, saying:

"It is nothing short of a national scandal that some of the most vulnerable people in our society become victims of crime so often and yet when they seek help they are met with disbelief or even blame.

"It is unacceptable that the criminal justice system fails to meet the needs of people with mental health problems when this report shows all too clearly the terrible impact of crime on them."

– Victim Support Chief Executive Javed Khan

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Justice system 'failing' those with mental health problems

People with mental health problems are up to ten times more likely to become victims of crime than the general population, according to new research.

A number of charities and London Universities also found crime victims with severe mental health problems were far less likely to be satisfied with their treatment by police.

Authors of today's report call for urgent action to support victims with mental health problems Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive

The authors today publish specific recommendations for police and the criminal justice system, the health service, housing and other agencies and charities and call for an urgent national debate across Government on how to respond to the needs of victims of crime with mental health problems.

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