Vishal Bhavsar

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Vishal Bhavsar researches violence reduction and health inequalities with the Section of Women’s Mental Health at King’s College London. He is working on a project to improve how mental health services respond to domestic abuse, including people who may be using harmful behaviours in their intimate or family relationships. He has worked as a psychiatrist in Southeast London since 2009.


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Extremism and mental health: is there a link?


Vishal Bhavsar considers the findings of a cross sectional survey of over 3,500 men, which measured the prevalence of extremist attitudes in the general population and any associations with mental illness.

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People with severe mental illness are more likely to be victims of violent and non-violent crime


Vishal Bhavsar summarises a recent cross-sectional study of violent and non-violent crime against adults with severe mental illness, which finds that service users were five times more likely to be victims of assault, and three times more likely to be victims of household acquisitive crime.

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Schizophrenia and violent crime: perpetrators or victims?


Debut blogger Vishal Bhavsar summarises an Israeli population-based study that explores the links between schizophrenia and violent crime. He calls on researchers to focus on people with schizophrenia as victims rather than perpetrators of crime.

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