Title

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

RIS ID

77591

Publication Details

Baksheev, G. N., Warren, L. J., Ogloff, J. R. P. & Thomas, S. D. M. (2013). Correlates of criminal victimisation among police cell detainees in Victoria, Australia. Police Practice and Research: an international journal, 14 (6), 522-534.

Abstract

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.

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