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As feared it’s not the mentally ill who are violent but they are at the receiving end says a study

February 28th, 2012

Mental health charities say that general misconception that people with mental illness were prone to be perpetrators was unfounded as it was them that were more likely to be a victim.
Mentally ill people were four times more likely to be victim of violence an international study has claimed. One in four has been on the receiving end says the report.
The research carried out by Lancet for a more reliable answer into the issue of disability and violence was conducted in developed countries including five in the UK.
The research team from John Moores University in Liverpool and the World Health Organization in Geneva found that people with any sort of disability were at a greater risk of violence.
But people who had learning difficulties were more vulnerable with the adults suffering mental health problems and prone to more violence against them.
There may be several reasons that the mentally ill people may be exposed to violence which may include struggling with personal relationships increased chances of material abuse, homelessness, being imprisoned or living in poverty.
Prof. Mark Bellis, who led the research said that there was a much bigger problem as there was likely to be a very high number of victims who are exposed to lifetime violence, those threatened with or live in the fear of violence, that the research could estimate.
Simon Lawton Smith, of Mental Health Foundation said that results were not surprising as it proves what is already known.
Paul Farmer, chief executive of the charity Mind, said that its own research had also found that people with mental health problems often did not feel safe in their local area.
He added the people reported harassments like being stalked, verbal abuse in streets, their homes being vandalized and physical and sexual assault.
With social stigma and discrimination still rampant there is always a sad part to the story with the individuals becoming the victims in their communities or even in their homes.