In 2007, we set out to explore the experiences of people with mental health problems as victims of crime. Our groundbreaking research revealed shockingly high rates of victimisation.
Through our Another Assault campaign, we were successful in gaining policy changes within the Police and Crown Prosecution Service. We also provided toolkits and guides to help services better understand the needs and experiences of people with mental health problems.
Following on from this success, we formed a partnership with Victim Support and several academic institutions to carry out further research into people’s experiences. The two year research project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Victim Support.
The research investigated whether people with mental health problems are more likely to be victims of crime. It also explored the barriers people with mental health problems face in reporting crime and accessing justice and what helps them, or could help them, to report crime and access justice.
The findings of this research are reported in our October 2013 report At risk, yet dismissed. It paints a stark reality. People with mental health problems are at an extremely high risk and much more likely to be victims of crime than the general population. The impact of crime on people with mental health problems is also substantial and is far greater than for those without.