Psychiatric aspects of homicide

by Dr Darran Bloye and Dr Anna Machin


Last updated: August 2019


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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