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Childhood Abuse and Adult Violence in Homeless People
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In response to a theory proposing that violence towards others is the result of childhood abuse, neuropsychiatric disorder and concomitant substance misuse; all impacting upon the individual perpetrator. If this theory is accurate, the authors believe it has potential for treatment strategies and harm reduction within the psychiatric context. With this in mind, the authors conducted a retrospective analysis of 148 case notes from consecutive referrals to a psychiatric service for the homeless. Their findings are described here. (Authors)
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