Violent individuals, by the nature of their antisocial behaviour, are more likely to come into contact with other institutions within our society than those concerned with health, most obviously the criminal justice agencies (police, probation and the courts), but also services such as housing, social services and education. The concerns over risk and public safety, broadcast by the media and resulting in an era of public protection policies and legislation, have influenced the way society deals with offenders by prioritising punishment and public protection, rather than focusing on the welfare of the offender. Where each professional agency locates itself on this spectrum will determine its attitude towards management of the violent person, but all agencies risk being pushed, by the overt pressure of government policies, and the more insidious influence of public opinion, towards undermining the rights of the individual offender in favour of the protection of society as a whole.
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