The Lancet study found that one in four mentally ill people have been attacked in the last year (as reported by the BBC on 28th February 2012). The underlying reasons behind this saddening statistic are complex, as is the subject of mental illness. But generally, people with mental illnesses are likely to struggle with personal relationships, have a greater exposure to the likeliness of substance abuse, homelessness, being imprisoned or living in poverty. All of this increases the risk of becoming the victim of violence.
Paul Farmer, the CEO of the charity Mind says that the charity’s own research, suggested that unfortunately this can lead to individuals feeling unsafe in their local area. People have reported every kind of harassment from being stalked, verbal abuse in the street, having property vandalised to physical and sexual assault.
This research highlights that society may not be learning from the tragic death of Fiona Pilkington and her mentally disabled daughter Francesca Hardwick, who took her own life as well as her daughter 's , after suffering nearly 10 years of abuse from yobs.
We can advise on how best to secure protection and, in appropriate cases, to seek compensation.
Contact Swain and Co now, we have specialists in Community Care, Mental Health, Family, Housing, Discrimination and Personal Injury claims who can be contacted on 02380 631111 (Southampton) and 02392 483322 (Portsmouth/Havant).