chapter  6
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The abuse of adults in mental health settings

WithJennie Williams, Frank Keating

The safety of people using mental health services has often been assumed and even romanticised in the myth of the pastoral mental hospital (Stevenson and Carson 1995). This is no longer the case, and in this chapter we consider the abuse of adults in a range of psychiatric settings, including in-patient services, counselling and therapy. The central argument of this chapter is that abuse in psychiatric services is closely linked to the existence of social inequalities, and is best understood and addressed from a perspective that takes this into account. We draw upon knowledge from a range of sources, including our involvement with a national organisation addressing professional abuse and a study of abuse in two local authorities.