A survey of 278 persons discharged from mental hospitals who were living
in board-and-care homes showed that one-third of them had been victims of
crime during the preceding year. In a comparison of nonvictims, victims of
theft, and victims of violence, it was found that victims of violence were
younger, were more active socially, reported more psychopathology and less
satisfaction with their lives, and engaged in more criminal behaviors
themselves than the other groups. Both victim groups used emergency mental
health services more than nonvictims did during the preceding year.
Strategies for future research and interventions are discussed.