When it comes to violent crime, mental disorders are often cited as a reason – or a defence – for the acts committed. As a result, people will mental illnesses are often considered more likely to commit violent crimes. But how accurate is this assumption?
People with mental illnesses aren’t automatically violent, but in extreme cases (particularly when untreated), mental illness leads to acts of criminal insanity. According to many studies however, people with treated mental illnesses are far more likely to be victims of violent crime than to commit a violent crime.
This infographic from BBC Australia takes a look at violence and mental illness, and examines the insanity plea in cases of violent crime. It’s a fascinating and illuminating read, and I absolutely love the style of the piece: