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A survey of violent and threatening behaviours within an in-patient learning disability unit

  • Az Hakeem (a1) and Brian Fitzgerald (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

To analyse violent and threatening behaviour occurring within an in-patient service. We surveyed recorded incidents over a 6-month period.

Results

Ninety-six incidents were recorded. The patients involved were assessed as being aware of their actions. Police were contacted in five cases. No charges were pressed.

Clinical Implications

We believe that violence and threatening behaviours are excessively tolerated in learning disability units. Reasons for this include a staff culture of accepting offending behaviour and an unwillingness or inability to involve the police.

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A survey of violent and threatening behaviours within an in-patient learning disability unit

  • Az Hakeem (a1) and Brian Fitzgerald (a2)
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