The Experiences of People With Mental Health Problems Who Are Victims of Crime With the Police in England: A Qualitative Study [2015]

Despite public beliefs to the contrary, people with mental health problems are more likely to be victims of crime than perpetrators. Dominant media representations of the mentally ill person who murders have deflected attention from the victim with mental health problems including their experiences of accessing the criminal justice system. The qualitative study explored the experiences of 81 people with mental health problems in their decision making and experiences of reporting the crime to the police. Many of their experiences were the same as other victims. However, their mental health problems were often seen as a label that stigmatized them, and their reports were discredited and disbelieved. This study offers insights relevant to policy and professional practice and education.

S. A. Koskela, B. Pettitt, V. M. Drennan
The British Journal of Criminology, Volume 56, Issue 5, September 2016