Interpersonal violence and mental illness

Alessandro Rossi, Dalila Talevi

Department of Biotechnological and Applied Clinical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines violence as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person or against a group or community that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychophysiological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation”. This concept can be distinguished into three wide categories: self-inflicted, interpersonal, and collective violence.

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