Homicide and Severe Mental Disorder: Understanding and Prevention provides a complete picture of how severe mental disorder can be assessed in cases of homicide, and how improved understanding can impact risk reduction and prevention. Michael Farrell brings together a wide range of material including theory, research, demographic data, case examples, enquiry reports, and practical strategies, providing clear examples throughout.
Farrell draws on examples of homicide representing a great challenge to both comprehension and prevention – cases that have sometimes provoked media criticism of public policy and services and have aroused public anxiety. In seeking fuller understanding, the book takes an overview of severe mental disorder, homicide, and prevention, before introducing the approach of Situational Crime Prevention and related theory and discussing demographic features of perpetrators and victims. Turning to prevention, the text examines examples of research into homicides perpetrated by individuals with severe mental disorder. Insights from Situational Crime Prevention are applied to selected cases, and a wider view is then taken looking at the criminological features of means, motive, opportunity, and location. Organisational constraints and limitations of communication in services are considered, and cases illuminating the issues and challenges throughout the book are summarised in a structured end of volume glossary. As evidence and insights accumulate and cohere, they more clearly indicate preventive strategies.
Homicide and Severe Mental Disorder will be of great interest to students, researchers, and teachers in psychiatry, psychology, and criminology, health and mental health professionals, criminal justice personnel, and those working with individuals with severe mental disorder.
Table of Contents
1: Prospect; Part 1: Understanding; 2: Understanding SMD, Homicide and Prevention; 3: Understanding Situational Crime Prevention; 4: Demographics and Related Factors; 2: Prevention; 5: Research into Homicide and SMD; 6: Situational Crime Prevention, Homicide and SMD: Cases; 7: Means, Motive, Opportunity, Location; 8: Organizational Constraints on Prevention; 9: Retrospect; 10: Glossary: Homicides by Individuals with SMD
Michael Farrell has written extensively for medical, legal, and police publications. He is the author of Psychosis Under Discussion (Routledge) and his textbooks on provision for individuals with mental disorders are translated into Asian, Middle Eastern, and European languages.
This volume provides a masterful combination of theory, research, practice, and policy to focus on how homicides resulting from serious mental disorder may be prevented. A must read for all students of mental disorder and its relationship to violence.
Prof Graeme Newman, University at Albany – State University of New York, USA
Discussing a profoundly serious topic which has many misconceptions surrounding it, this book is excellent reading for anybody who deals with criminal justice and mental health. I recommend it strongly.
Dr Walid Sarhan MD, FRCPsych, IDFAPA, Chief Editor Arab Journal of Psychiatry
This book is aimed at a broad readership who will be interested in this topic, including students, researchers, and teachers in criminology, psychology, and psychiatry, criminal justice personnel, and mental health professionals. Furthermore, homicide and serious mental disorder are universal to all cultures and societies and therefore this book will attract a wide international readership.
Prof Jenny Shaw, National Conﬁdential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health, The University of Manchester, UK