Psychiatric aspects of homicide

Dr Darran Bloye and Dr Anna Machin

90 minutes


August 2019

Learning module

CPD domain:
Clinical, Professional

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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 homicide. Psychiatrists 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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