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  • Mental Health

The Mental Health and Criminal Justice Group of the Criminal Justice Partnership offers cross-disciplinary excellence in relation to research and knowledge around mental health and criminal justice.

The mental health theme examines key issues related to mental health and the criminal justice system.  We are particularly interested in matters of diversity, the interface between services, prevention and risk, and interventions to ensure the streamlining and inclusivity of services for vulnerable people.  Public health and the needs of persons with mental illness within the criminal justice system is also a key priority for us.  Partnership working is central to our group and we are keen to foster links with agencies, organisations and users of services and their families for whom criminal justice is important.

Our work is cross disciplinary and the Group consists of academics from consists of academics from Policing, Nursing, Community Health, Art Design and Fashion, Law, Management, Psychology, Criminology, and Social Work.

Professor Joy Duxbury is Lead for Mental Health and Criminal Justice Group . Joy is Professor in Mental Health Nursing. She is research active in the area of mental health and wellbeing and leads the Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing within the School of Health. She has a background in forensic and acute inpatient mental health care. Joy has conducted extensive research into staff and patients perspectives on aspects of risk and safety with a specific focus upon aggression, coercive practices and medication management. Her work and publications reflect her interest in applied social justice

There are four other research groups under the Criminal Justice Partnership theme. Find out more below.

Social and Restorative Justice
Youth and Justice
Violence and Aggression

  • Mental Health
  • Well being
  • Restraint
  • Health settings
  • Horticulture in prisons
  • Mental health and policing

The Mental Health and Criminal Justice Group takes a ‘real world’ approach to research. We have a large number of researchers doing ‘real’ world projects, closely connected to those working in the criminal justice and health sectors and the community. We recognise the need for a responsive, timely, tailored approach to find solutions that are evidence based. 

We publish high quality research in peer-reviewed international academic journals. Examples include:

LeBel, J.L., Duxbury, J.A., Putkonen, A., Sprague, T., Rae, C. & Sharpe, J. (2014). Multinational experiences in reducing and preventing the use of restraint and seclusion. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 52(11). 22-29.

Duxbury, J., Aiken, F. & Dale, C. (2011). Deaths in custody: The role of restraint. Journal of Learning Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 2(4), 178-189.

Pulsford, D., Crumpton, A., Baker, A., Wilkins, T., Wright, K. & Duxbury, J. (2013) Aggression in a High Secure Hospital: Staff and Patient Attitudes. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 20(4), 296-304

Aiken, F., Duxbury, J., Dale, C. & Harbinson, I. (2011). Review of the medical theories and research relating to restraint related deaths. Caring Solutions (UK), University of Central Lancashire.

Duxbury, J. & Whittington, R. (2005) Causes and management of patient aggression and violence: staff and patient perspectives. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 50 (5), 469-478.

In March 2017 we hosted a week’s long series of events with  Dr. Tony O’Brien visiting from the University of Auckland

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  • Exploration of TASER use in Mental Health populations
  • Greener on the Outside in Prisons (GOOP)
  • Complex Trauma History
  • Self-inflicted deaths in custody