Suicide and Homicide in Psychiatric Hospitals: Caring for Victims?

Jill Peay

in The Eternal Recurrence of Crime and Control: Essays in Honour of Paul Rock

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199580231
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702280 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Suicide and Homicide in Psychiatric Hospitals: Caring for Victims?

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This chapter explores some of the competing concepts of victims and some of the legal issues surrounding these competing concepts. It also explores whether it is right to think of the perpetrator as a victim, either of his own activities, or as a consequence of the state's failings in its prior duties to him. This chapter examines some of the problematic legal issues involved, from the perspective of both families and the professionals, with particular reference to the evolving relevance of Article 2 — the right to life — of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Keywords: victims; perpetrator; right to life; European Convention on Human Rights; ECHR

Chapter.  6929 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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