Sunday, May 20, 2012

Half of Psychiatric Patients Victims of Violence

The Dutch organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has concluded that psychiatric patients are much more frequently victimized by violence rather than as the perpetrators. They are also victimized more frequently than the average Dutchman. Psychiatric patients are victims of burglary and intimidation ten times more than the average Dutchman. Out of 957 patients investigated, last year about half were victims of violence. The NWO said that this is the first time in the Netherlands that a study has been done on violence of psychiatric patients. According to the researchers, caretakers have to become more aware of victimhood of psychiatric patients and to be alerted to the signs thereof.

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