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Safety and security: a survey of female psychiatric in-patients

  • Fiona Barlow (a1) and Paul Wolfson (a2)
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Fifty-three female in-patients of a psychiatric hospital were interviewed to obtain their views on their own safety and security, and what improvements they would recommend. Most had experienced sexual harassment and a few had been victims of sexual assault. There was a reluctance to report incidents to staff. The majority felt that female-only wards would improve safety. Other recommendations included higher staffing levels, more staff awareness and vigilance, and single rooms with curtains on the doors.

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BJPsych Bulletin
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Safety and security: a survey of female psychiatric in-patients

  • Fiona Barlow (a1) and Paul Wolfson (a2)
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