Psychiatric aspects of homicide

by Dr Darran Bloye and Dr Anna Machin

 

Last reviewed: February 2017

 

Homicide is the killing of one human being by another.

 

A disproportionate number of perpetrators have had contact with mental health services or received a diagnosis of mental disorder. Many psychiatrists have experience of patients and carers who have been indirect victims of or involved in a homicidePsychiatrists are also frequently involved in the assessment and management of perpetrators at various stages in the criminal justice system.

 

This module will help psychiatrists understand:

 

  • the relationship between mental disorders and homicide

 

  • pathways through the criminal justice system

 

  • psychological consequences for perpetrators and indirect victims

 

  • the implications for risk assessment and management.

 

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