Introduction:
Violence and victimization are often viewed in black and white terms by mental health professionals, an approach which is belied by more nuanced perspectives from outside psychiatry.

Methods:
Given increasing empirical evidence of the pervasive burden of victimization in people with mental illness, authors focused on the available theories and evidences from the literature.

Results:
Authors summarize the theories of victimizations, the possible measures of this phenomenon and underlie the role of research to clarify the link between psychiatry, violence and victimization.

Conclusion:
Violence and victimization need more space in the psychiatric research. This could have important implications for the lives of patients, but also for public understanding.

Vishal Bhavsar, Antonio Ventriglio

International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Vol 63, Issue 6, 2017

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Violence, victimization and mental health [2017]