By Dominic Casciani
People with mental illnesses are three times more likely to be victims of crime than the general population, new research suggests.
The study found victims saying that their reports to the police were often dismissed or disbelieved.
Many of the 361 people questioned said they were often disbelieved when they sought help after a crime.
The findings come from a three-year study involving academics and the charities Victim Support and Mind.
The report, co-authored by Kings College London, Kingston University and St George’s University of London - in collaboration with University College London - is the first British survey into crime victims which compared those with mental illness against the general population