n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Violence and mental illness

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The issue of violence and dangerousness amongst the mentally ill has long been debated and is the subject of much speculation and stigmatisation. This article examines recent literature that revisists this topic in order to investigate which diagnoses, if any, and which conditions are a requisite for violence to occur amongst the mentall ill. Specific examples from various countries and specific statistics are also mentioned. The issue of mental illness and the legal system is also briefly touched upon.

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