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Mental disorder and homicide in Australia

ISSN: 
0817-8542

Abstract

The general public tends to assume that mental disorder is associated with violent criminal behaviour, and this view is reinforced by the media. This study provides evidence dispelling the myth that mentally disordered offenders prey on innocent and unsuspecting strangers in public places. The incidence of mental disorder among homicide offenders does not exceed the incidence of mental disorder in the general population.

Cite article

Mouzos J. 1999. Mental disorder and homicide in Australia. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice No. 133. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi133