Reporting sexual violence on mental health wards

Foley, M and Cummins, ID 2018, 'Reporting sexual violence on mental health wards' , The Journal of Adult Protection, 20 (2) , pp. 93-100.

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Abstract

Purpose
This paper reports the findings of a scoping study that explored the extent of recorded sexual violence perpetrated on inpatients on mental health units.

Design/methodology/approach
Using Freedom of Information Act (FOI) requests, data was obtained from both Police forces and subsequently Mental Health Trusts on the number of recorded offences of rape and sexual assault by penetration for the five years 2010- 2015.

Findings
There were significant variations in the way that both Police forces and Mental Health (MH) Trusts approached the recording of this information.

Research limitations/implications
The research highlights variation and inadequacy of current recording practices in relation to sexual offences committed against inpatients on mental health units.

Practical implications
There needs to be more consistent system of recording of allegations of sexual assault and responses to them by agencies. In the Trust recording of these incidents, it is recommended that a specific category of sexual violence is created.

Originality/value
The paper highlights the ‘gap’ of information in relation to recorded rape and may indicate that complainants with a history of mental illness are less likely to have their allegation recorded as a crime.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Adult Protection
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1466-8203
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Depositing User: ID Cummins
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2018 14:10
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2018 19:52
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/46498

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