Correlates of criminal victimisation among police cell detainees in Victoria, Australia

Gennady Baksheev, Lisa Jane Warren, James Robert Ogloff, Stuart David Michael Thomas

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People with mental illness are more likely to be crime victims than others; however, little is known about the relationship between offending and victimisation among mentally ill offenders. This study investigated the rates and types of victimisation among people detained in police cells (N = 764), with and without histories of mental illness. Those with mental disorders were 1.56 times (95 CI = 1.11-2.17) more likely to be victims of violent crimes than other detainees. Some subgroups of people with mental disorders were not over-represented as victims, raising the possibility that they were less inclined to report certain types of crimes. Implications are discussed with reference to police practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522 - 534
Number of pages13
JournalPolice Practice and Research: An International Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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