CHARACTERISTICS OF PATIENT AND STAFF
VICTIMS OF ASSAULTS IN COMMUNITY
RESIDENCES BY PREVIOUSLY NONVIOLENT
Raymond B. Flannery, Jr., Ph.D., William H. Fisher, Ph.D., and
Andrew P. Walker, B.A.
There currently exists a large body of empirical research examining patient as-
saults in inpatient psychiatric facilities. These studies have focused primarily
on staff and have found younger, male mental health workers with lower levels
of formal education and experience as well as nurses involved in restraint proce-
dures to be most at risk. However, despite the increased utilization of commu-
nity-based services, little attention has been directed toward patient assaults on
patients and staff in community settings, particularly residential services. This
study began to respond to this need by examining patient assaults toward other
patients and staff in community residences during the ﬁrst twelve months post-
discharge for a group of newly discharged patients who were not violent as inpa-
tients. This study found female patients and staff to be at greater risk for as-
Raymond B. Flannery, Jr., Ph.D., is Director of Training, Massachusetts De-
partment of Mental Health, and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, Har-
vard Medical School. William H. Fisher, Ph.D., is Associate Director, The Center
for Mental Health Services Research, University of Massachusetts Medical
School, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Med-
ical School. Andrew P. Walker, B.A., is an Automated Information Technology
Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.
Address correspondence to Raymond B. Flannery, Jr., Ph.D., Massaschusetts
Department of Mental Health, 25 Staniford Street, Boston, MA 02114.
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